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HUD No. 12-031
Brian Sullivan
(202) 402-7527
FOR RELEASE
Wednesday
February 15, 2012

HUD OFFERS $62 MILLION IN GRANTS TO HELP STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO USE FEDERAL INVESTMENTS MORE EFFECTIVELY
Funding available through HUD’s new OneCPD and Core Curricula

WASHINGTON – To improve performance and boost the capacity of state and local governments to implement their federal block grant programs for housing and community development, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making nearly $62 million available through the Office of Community Planning and Development’s (CPD) OneCPD and Core Curricula ProgramsRead HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

OneCPD will fund three types of results-oriented technical assistance and capacity building: comprehensive assistance to help grantees improve their basic program performance; limited assistance to grantees that have clearly identified program gaps; and innovative assistance to assist grantees in restructuring their housing and community development programs to better meet the needs in their communities.

“These funds will help our partners work smarter and stretch federal investments for the greatest possible benefit to the people and places we serve,” said Mercedes Márquez, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.  “In today’s budget environment, we not only have to do more with less, we have to perform at a very high level to make certain limited taxpayer dollars have the real and lasting impact.”

Through this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)/Request for Qualifications, HUD is offering up to $61 million for OneCPD and up to $995,000 for Core Curricula.  Under OneCPD, eligible applicants include:  A State or unit of general local government; A HOME program participating jurisdiction (not for McKinney-Vento homeless or HOPWA technical assistance); a public housing authority; a public or private nonprofit organization or intermediary, including educational institutions and area-wide planning organizations; Indian tribes; and for-profit organizations.  Under Core Curricula, eligible applicants include: Public or private nonprofit organizations or intermediaries, including educational institutions and area-wide planning organizations; and for-profit organizations.

The OneCPD Integrated Practitioner Assistance System represents a fundamental change in the way HUD’s traditional “program-specific” technical assistance has been structured and delivered over the years.  This new “cross-program” approach is intended to build the kind of grantee management systems and capacity necessary to successfully carry out comprehensive and sustainable “place-based” development and revitalization strategies.  Just as importantly, OneCPD will allow grantees to “tell their story” of accomplishment by measuring not only the outputs of this technical and capacity building assistance but the outcomes and the impact on their communities as well.    

The technical and capacity building assistance grants announced today are provided through the Department’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD).    All organizations experienced and successful in providing any of the items listed below are encouraged to apply:

  • Capacity building assistance in the areas of program design, technical execution, planning, financial management, and organizational structure. 
  • Consulting on community development, affordable housing, economic development, housing and services for homeless persons and those at risk of homelessness, organizational management, financing and underwriting, construction and rehabilitation management, project management and strategic planning. 
  • Facilitating and fostering local collaboration within local political structures. 
  • Knowledge management including developing, hosting or managing of  websites, blogs, help desks, information/call center, mailing lists, data tracking systems, etc. 
  • Preparing policy guidance and tools or materials for HUD approval. 
  • Evaluating program design and effectiveness. 
  • Assessing performance measurement including establishing outcomes or benchmarks. 
  • Analyzing social policy in context of local landscape for planning and program design. 
  • Raising private equity investment, pre-development capital, preservation capital, or bank capital. 
  • Workforce capacity and development for grantees.

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