10-25-10 HUD Extends Choice Neighborhoods NOFA Deadline :: The Construction Management Pro

10-25-10 HUD Extends Choice Neighborhoods NOFA Deadline

Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Sandra Henriquez announced on October 22 that HUD has extended the deadline for applications for Round 1 of the FY 2010 Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) Demonstration Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). HUD is extending the deadline at least 30 days from the original deadline of October 26 in order to make changes to the mapping tool used to determine neighborhood eligibility. The final deadline will be announced in a subsequent notice.

There is an inconsistency between the methodology for determining neighborhood threshold eligibility prescribed by the NOFA and the mapping tool which HUD created. The NOFA defines eligible neighborhoods for Choice Neighborhoods grants as those in which, among other required characteristics, “at least 20 percent of the residents [are] estimated to be in poverty or have extremely low incomes based on the most recent data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.” The NOFA goes on to state that, “for the purposes of establishing neighborhood eligibility, HUD will overlay the locally defined neighborhood boundaries with the smallest available statistical boundar(ies) associated with that area and estimate the target area’s poverty rate, extremely low-income rate, vacancy rate, and other measures of distress using a proportional allocation methodology to determine if the neighborhood meets eligibility criteria.”

In order to generate the data required to demonstrate neighborhood eligibility, HUD directed applicants to use a mapping tool created by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research. This mapping tool uses data aggregated at the Census tract level to calculate threshold indicators. For many neighborhoods, however, Census tracts are not the smallest available statistical boundaries. In small and rural areas, a Census tract often represents a large geographical area and Census tract data may obscure significant variations between and among the neighborhoods within the Census tract. Census Block Groups, which are subdivisions within Census tracts, are a much more precise level of analysis at which to describe demographic data for many potential target neighborhoods under Choice Neighborhoods. By correcting the data source for the mapping tool, HUD will be able to accurately assess whether applicants’ target neighborhoods meet the threshold criteria specified in the NOFA.

HUD’s Notice of Technical Correction and Extension of Deadline is online at http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/cn/nofa_extension.pdf.

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