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HOPE VI Main Street Program


The Main Street program seeks to rejuvenate older, downtown business districts while retaining the area's traditional and Historic character. To do this, the Main Street program provides assistance to smaller communities in the development of affordable housing that is undertaken in connection with a Main Street revitalization effort. Obsolete commercial offices or buildings can be reconfigured into rent producing affordable housing.

In December, 2003, the American Dream Downpayment Act became law. This Act amended Section 24 of the Housing Act of 1937, the statute that controls the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. Part of the Act set aside a portion of all future Choice Neighborhoods funds for grants to small communities that have Main Street rejuvenation projects in progress. The Act limited the size of communities that are eligible for these grants.

Only units of general local government, as defined in each current NOFA, are eligible to apply. The primary eligibility requirements are that the applicant:

  1. Be a local government (subdivision of a State or Territory);
  2. Have a population of 50,000 or less within its jurisdiction; and
  3. Have 100 or fewer physical public housing units within its jurisdiction.

In general, the grant funds can be used to build new affordable housing or reconfigure obsolete or surplus commercial space (or extremely substandard, vacant housing) into affordable housing units. The grant funds cannot be used on general infrastructure or commercial development. The funds in the NOFA must be used to assist Units of Local Government that have existing Main Street area rejuvenation projects and have the population and public housing unit limits stated above. Main Street housing units must be affordable to the initial residents that occupy the Main Street housing project.

Main Street Grants Notice of Funding Availability

The FY 2016-2017 Main Street Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) was issued on February 10, 2016, and announced approximately $500,000 available for award. The deadline date for application submission was April 12, 2016. Per the FY 2016-2017 NOFA, funds will be awarded to eligible applicants that apply in FY 2016 under the above NOFA. FY 2016 funds have been appropriated and are available for award. FY 2017 funds have not yet been appropriated for this program. HUD intends to award a similar grant in FY 2017 to the highest ranking applicant for the FY 2016 NOFA that did not receive a Main Street grant from the NOFA. The award of FY 2017 Main Street funds for FY 2016 applicants is contingent upon future congressional action. HUD’s intent to award FY 2017 funds to FY 2016 applicants will be announced separately if such funds become available.

Eligible applicants are limited to Units of General Local Government (primarily subdivisions of a State) that have a population of 50,000 or fewer and 100 or fewer physical public housing units within the Local Government's jurisdiction and that are otherwise in conformance with the threshold requirements in the NOFA.

The FY 2016-2017 Main Street NOFA closed on April 12, 2016 and a grant from the NOFA was awarded on August 10, 2016. The NOFA is available on HUD’s Funds Availability page HERE, without its attachments.

In order to receive automatic email notice of NOFAs, subscribe to email notifications at On the “Search Grants” page, search on “CFDA”. The Main Street program’s Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number is 14.878.

Main Street Program Summaries

 - Overview of Main Street Statute (MS-PowerPoint, 79 KB)
 - For Presentation to Property Owners and Possible Applicant Team Members
(MS-PowerPoint, 78 KB)

Most Recent NOFA

 - Standard Federal NOFA Format (OMB Directed)
 - FY 2016 Main Street NOFA and Funding Information

Neighborhood Stabilization and Minimization of Tax Liability

General Guidance

 - Mixed-Finance Responsibility Checklist
 - Form HUD-52861 including FY 2016 Unit Mix, S&U and TDC (MS-Excel 2007)

Financial Guidance

Budget Guidance
 - HOPE VI Budget Guidance
 - Guidebook 7510.1: Public and Indian Housing Low-Rent Technical Accounting Guide
 - HOPE VI Budget, Form HUD-52825-A (MS-Excel)
 - Excel Workbook to Complete HOPE VI Budget (MS-Excel)

Cost Guidelines

 - HOPE VI TDC Policy
 - Total Development Costs - Notice 2011-38 No change from original Notice.  Although Notice 2011-38 still applies, the TDC Limit amounts are updated for 2014.
 - Total Development Cost (TDC) Limits (FY2016)

Main Street Application Data Sheet, form HUD-52861 (FY2016) (MS Excel)

 - Cost Control and Safe Harbor Standards

Mixed-Finance Development Proposal form HUD-50157 (MS-Word, 89 KB)


Development Proposal Calculator, for HUD-50156 (FY2016)


Award Assistance and the Administrative Regulations at 2 CFR Part 200

Main Street Grant Closeout Procedures

 - Main Street Closeout Procedure (MS-Word)
 - Sample Termination of Disbursements Letter (MS-Word)
 - Sample Preliminary Approval Letter (MS-Word)
 - Sample Final Funding Approval Letter (MS-Word)
 - Sample Final Grant Plan Closeout Letter (MS-Word)

Relevant Statutes, Regulations and Notices

 - 2 CFR Part 200
 - The American Dream Downpayment Act
 - Section 24 of the US Housing Act of 1937, as amended
 - Section 504 Accessibility Notice PIH 2006-13 (HA)
 - Section 106 Regulations, "Protection of Historic Properties"
 - 24 CFR 903.7, Examples of Public Housing Tenant Rights
 - 24 CFR Part 50, HUD Environmental Requirements