PERSONS/FIRMS THAT CONSTRUCT AND/OR REHABILITATE HOUSING FOR LOW INCOME PERSONS/HOUSEHOLDS
Funding for not-for-profit entities, for-profit entities and municipalities under the Housing Trust Fund Program, the New York State HOME Program, the Urban Initiatives Program, and the Rural Area Revitalization Projects Program.
DESCRIPTION: Compact disks (CDs) containing Request For Proposals (RFP)/Application packages for site-specific project applications will be available beginning November 12, 2008. Applications for site-specific projects funded under the HOME and/or the Housing Trust Fund Programs, Urban Initiatives Program, or Rural Area Revitalization Projects Program may be submitted using the Community Development Online (CDOL) System. Applicants may make a special request, based on demonstrated need, for DHCR approval to utilize a Word/Excel fillable paper application in lieu of CDOL. Requests must be in writing and received not later than January 12, 2009. Urban Initiatives and Rural Area Revitalization Projects Programs funding requested under this Notice may only be requested in conjunction with one or more Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) or Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) capital project funding sources. NOTE: A SEPARATE NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY FOR HOME LOCAL PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR (LPA) APPLICATIONS IS EXPECTED TO BE ISSUED AT A LATER DATE. Applicants are responsible for using the proper application for funding. Applications will be available from the DHCR web site. THE 2009 APPLICATION IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE ON THE DHCR WEBSITE, www.nysdhcr.gov, BY DECEMBER 1, 2008. Site-specific application workshops will be held during the month of November 2008 in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, and New York City.
Applications for HOME and Housing Trust Fund site-specific project funding (except for those accepted on a continuous basis) must be received by the Housing Trust Fund Corporation by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, February 11, 2009.
For those applicants with prior approval to submit a Housing Trust Fund Corporation paper application, applications will be accepted only at the following address:
NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal
Hampton Plaza - 6th Floor
38-40 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
Individuals who hand deliver site-specific paper applications must have picture identification and a transmittal letter, on organization letterhead, stating their name and authorizing that person to deliver the application. Applications delivered by commercial carrier must have a complete and legible return address. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in an application not being accepted.
The New York State HOME Program expects to have approximately $34 million, subject to the availability of appropriations.
Note: A minimum of 15 percent of available funds is required to be reserved for projects developed, owned, or sponsored by Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). Not-for-profit applicants who wish to pursue pre-qualification by the HTFC as a CHDO should contact the appropriate Regional Office listed below. The New York State HOME Program also allocates a minimum of 80 percent of the funds available (after the 15 percent reserved for CHDOs) to projects located in non-participating jurisdictions.
Based on historic levels of appropriation, HTFC expects to have a minimum of $29 million in HTF available.
Seed Money loans of up to $45,000 per project from either the HOME (CHDOs only) or the Housing Trust Fund (not-for- profit organizations only) Programs are available. Seed Money applications may be submitted at any time to the appropriate Regional Office listed herein.
Project based Section 8 voucher assistance may be available state-wide for project applications that request funding from one of the funding sources listed in this Notice of Funding Availability. Applications requesting voucher assistance will be referred to the Division of Housing and Community Renewal for consideration.
The Housing Trust Fund Corporation reserves the right to award all, a portion of, or none of the program funds based upon funding availability, the feasibility of the applications received, the competitiveness of the applications and the applicant's ability to meet Housing Trust Fund Corporation criteria for funding.
Applications are selected for funding based upon an evaluation process which includes completeness, eligibility, competitiveness, feasibility reviews and recommendations as detailed in the RFP/application packet. Selections are also made in compliance with all pertinent statutory requirements and furtherance of the State's housing goals, including but not limited to: preservation of affordable housing; community revitalization; green building technologies and practices; and collaboration with other governmental agencies.
The RFP to be issued is part of the Unified Funding application packet. Applicants should refer to the RFP to determine eligibility requirements for each program.
In accordance with Section 312 of Article 15 A of the Executive Law, HTFC requires contractors and awardees to make affirmative efforts to ensure that New York State certified Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises have opportunities for meaningful participation on projects awarded funding by the Housing Trust Fund Corporation.
PROJECT application workshops will be conducted at the following times and locations:
Wednesday, November 12th at 10:00 AM
Onondaga County Public Library
The Curtain Auditorium
447 S. Salina Street
Thursday, November 13th at 10:15 AM
Holiday Inn Express
601 Dingens Street
Tuesday, November 18th at 10:00 AM
Hampton Plaza Ballroom
38-40 State Street
New York City
Thursday, November 20th at 10:30 AM
NYC Regional Office, Room 510
25 Beaver Street
New York, NY
Compact disks containing application materials will be available starting one half-hour before each workshop. Materials will also be available on the DHCR web site (http://www.nyshcr.org) beginning on November 12, 2008.
The workshops will include a discussion of project application requirements and the Unified Funding process. A workshop agenda will be posted on the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal web site (see above) by November 10, 2008. Interested parties should refer to the web site to familiarize themselves with the agenda items.
Meetings for technical assistance may be scheduled through the staff of one of the Regional Offices listed below to provide applicants with an opportunity to discuss a project application. Regional and Central Office staff will also be available by phone, email or in person (schedule permitting) to answer applicant questions. All staff will be available from November 24, 2008 through the application due date.
For a CD containing the site specific application materials and/or technical assistance for all application preparation, contact one of the Regional Offices or visit our website.
Last updated on 11/10/08