July 25, 2016
Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that they received a total of 756 applications in response to the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Section 202 Supportive Service Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing. This response is unprecedented and encouraging.
Due to the overwhelming response to this NOFA, the application screening stage was lengthened. Nonetheless, HUD staff report they are making significant progress. During the application screening stage, HUD staff is reviewing all applications received to determine duplication, eligibility and/or completeness.
Once application screenings are completed, applicants will be notified in writing should additional information be required or if their application has been found to be technically deficient. If additional information is requested or if an applicant wishes to appeal a decision, they are to follow the guidance as directed in the written correspondence, paying particular attention to the manner in which the requested information is to be submitted.
In accordance with the HUD Reform Act (24 C.F.R. Part 4, Subpart B), the Department is limited as to the information that may be shared prior to the official award announcement. Exchanges with applicants must be limited to the deficiency reviews. Furthermore, no unsolicited information will be accepted. At this stage of the review, HUD staff is unable to provide an expected award announcement date. However, as this process moves further along, HUD will provide additional status updates.
The Department has made significant progress in the selection of the contractor that will support the Implementation of the Supportive Services Demonstration, and an award of this contract is expected in a few weeks. HUD plans to solicit proposals for the Evaluation of the Supportive Services Demonstration in the fall.