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Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program

Grants to USA Local and Tribal Agencies and
Nonprofits to Transform Distressed Neighborhoods

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Public and Indian Housing (PIH)

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06/10/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories local governments, nonprofit organizations, tribal entities, and public housing authorities to develop and implement plans to transform distressed neighborhoods. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding may be used for Planning Grants or Planning and Action Grants.

The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by redeveloping severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools. To this end, Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:

1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;

2. People: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education; and

3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.

Objectives and Metrics to Measure Long Term Success: Each Choice Neighborhoods grantee must develop a Transformation Plan that addresses the Housing, People, and Neighborhood objectives. For details on the objectives for each of the funding areas, see:

Eligible Target Housing: Each application must focus on the revitalization of at least one severely distressed public and/or assisted housing project.

Eligible Neighborhoods - Eligible neighborhoods for Choice Neighborhoods grant funds are neighborhoods:
a. with at least 20 percent of the residents estimated to be in poverty or have extremely low incomes based on the most recent data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau; and
b. experiencing distress related to at least one of the following:
(1) high crime; defined as where either the Part I violent crime rate (measured as Part I Violent Crimes per 1000 persons) over the three years 2016-2018 is at least 1.5 times the per capita Part I violent crime rate (measured as Part I Violent Crimes per 1000 persons) of the city or, where no city data is available, the county/parish in which the neighborhood is located over the same time frame; or the rate is greater than 18 crimes per 1000 persons; OR
(2) high vacancy or, for applications targeting Indian housing, substandard homes; defined as where either the most current rate within the last year of long-term vacant or substandard homes is at least 1.5 times higher than that of the county/parish; or the rate is greater than 4 percent.

Program-Specific Requirements Affecting Eligibility:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165747

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 6 awards (3 Planning and Action Grants and 3 Planning Grants)..

Estimated Size of Grant:

HUD anticipates awarding 3 Planning and Action Grants not to exceed $1.3 million each and 3 Planning Grants not to exceed $350,000 each.

Term of Contract:

The term of a Planning and Action Grant is 3 1/2 years from the date of the Grant Agreement execution. The term of a Planning Grant is 2 years from the date of the Grant Agreement execution.

Estimated Project Start Date: 10/01/2019


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Local Governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants under this NOFA are Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments, tribal entities, and nonprofits. Additionally, the following criteria must be met, as relevant, in order to comply with this requirement:

a. Troubled Status for PHAs. This applies to PHA applicants. If a PHA was designated as troubled by HUD pursuant to section 6(j)(2) of the 1937 Act on the most recently released Operational Troubled List, HUD will use documents and information available to it to determine whether that PHA qualifies as an eligible applicant. PHAs designated as troubled are strongly encouraged to consider partnering with another entity (such as a local government or a nonprofit) to serve as the Lead Applicant for this Choice Neighborhoods grant. In accordance with section 24(j) of the 1937 Act, a troubled PHA may still be eligible to apply if it:

(1) Is designated as troubled principally for reasons that will not affect its capacity to carry out a revitalization program;
(2) Is making substantial progress toward eliminating the deficiencies of the agency that resulted in its troubled status;
(3) Has not been found to be in noncompliance with fair housing or other civil rights requirements; or
(4) Is otherwise determined by HUD to be capable of carrying out a revitalization program.

b. Certification for Multifamily Assisted Property Owners. If the Lead Applicant or CoApplicant is the owner of the assisted property that is the subject of the Choice Neighborhoods grant, the Applicant is required to submit the Previous Participation Certification form (HUD2530). For more information, see the NOFA.

c. Nonprofit Applicant. For a nonprofit to demonstrate eligibility as a Lead or Co-Applicant, either an Internal Revenue Service determination letter indicating the organization’s 501(c) status or the letter from the state government or tribe designating the organization’s nonprofit status must be submitted in the attachments.

d. Co-Applicants. To demonstrate a Co-Applicant partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Letter of Agreement must be provided, signed by the executive of each entity. The MOU or Letter of Agreement must demonstrate a commitment to work collaboratively throughout the entirety of the grant to develop a Transformation Plan and identify which party is the Lead Applicant.

e. Applicants that are not the owner of the target housing project. If the owner of the target housing project is not the Lead Applicant or Co-Applicant for this grant, a letter from the owner indicating its support for your organization to submit this grant application and work collaboratively throughout the planning process must be included in this application.

Ineligible Applicants.
1. Individuals.
2. Any entity that does not meet the eligibility criteria listed above.

Ineligible Activities. Ineligible activities for all grantees include:
(1) Supportive services;
(2) Incentives for recruitment into, participation in, or completion of any planning activities
(e.g. gift cards provided to residents that complete a survey or needs assessment and meals provided at planning meetings); and
(3) Housing development, including acquisition, relocation, demolition and remediation, rehabilitation, or construction.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 p.m. eastern time on 06/10/2019. Applications must be received no later than the deadline. HUD strongly recommends applications be submitted at least 48 hours before the deadline and during regular business hours to allow enough time to correct errors or overcome other problems.

Required Registrations:

1. SAM Registration Requirement. Applicants must be registered with SAM before submitting their application. In addition, applicants must maintain an active SAM registration with current information while they have an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD.

2. DUNS Number Requirement. Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at SAM, in the application. DUNS numbers may be obtained for free from Dun & Bradstreet.

3. Requirement to Register with Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at and be approved by the EBiz Point of Contact in SAM to submit applications for the organization.

Registration for SAM and is a multi-step process and can take four (4) weeks or longer to complete if data issues arise. Applicants without a valid registration cannot submit an application through Complete registration instructions and guidance are provided at See also Section IV.B for necessary form and content information.

Cost Sharing or Matching:
This Program requires cost sharing, matching or leveraging as described below. HUD is required by section 24(c)(1)(A) of the 1937 Act (42 U.S.C. 1437v(c)(1)(A) to include the requirement for matching funds for all grants made under section 24, which includes Choice Neighborhoods. By the end of the grant term, you are required to have matching funds in the amount of five percent of the grant amount in cash or in-kind donations. You may NOT include amounts from HOPE VI program funding, including HOPE VI Revitalization, HOPE VI Demolition, HOPE VI Neighborhood Networks, HOPE VI Main Street grants, Choice Neighborhoods Implementation, or Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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