Demolition and Revitalization of Severely Distressed Public Housing

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

Revitalization Grants enable PHAs to improve the living environment for public housing residents of severely distressed public housing projects through the demolition, substantial rehabilitation, reconfiguration, and/or replacement of severely distressed units; revitalize the sites on which severely distressed public housing projects are located and contribute to the improvement of the surrounding neighborhood; lessen isolation and reduce the concentration of low-income families; build sustainable mixed-income communities; and provide well-coordinated, results-based community and supportive services that directly complement housing redevelopment and that help residents to achieve self-sufficiency, young people to obtain educational excellence, and the community to secure a desirable quality of life. HOPE VI Demolition Grants enable PHAs to fund the demolition of severely distressed public housing units, the relocation of affected residents, and the provision of supportive services to relocated residents. Any subsequent new construction or revitalization of any remaining units must be funded from other resources.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

HOPE VI Revitalization grant funds may be used to fund the revitalization of severely distressed public housing developments. Such activities include the demolition of severely distressed public housing developments or portions thereof; relocation costs for affected residents; disposition activities; rehabilitation of existing public housing units and/or community facilities; development of new public and other housing units and community facilities; homeownership activities; acquisition activities; necessary management improvements and administrative costs; and community and supportive services. Up to 15 percent of a grant may be used for community and supportive services activities. HOPE VI Demolition grant funds may be used to fund the demolition of dwelling units and nondwelling structures, relocation of affected residents, site restoration as appropriate, and reasonable administration costs.

Who is eligible to apply...

Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) operating public housing units. Indian Housing Authorities and PHAs that only administer the Section 8 Program are not eligible to apply.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

Eligibility requirements to apply for a HOPE VI grant are included in each year's Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). This program is covered under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

A NOFA is published in the Federal Register announcing the availability of funds and includes necessary application materials. The NOFA and all necessary application materials are made available on the HOPE VI website as well.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

HUD Headquarters reviews each eligible application for threshold compliance, assigns rating points to applications that pass all thresholds, and the highest-rated applications are notified that they have been selected to participate in the HOPE VI program. Funds are obligated when HUD and the PHA execute a Grant Agreement.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


The deadline for submitting an application for HOPE VI is published in each year's NOFA.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 3 months from the application deadline date.

Preapplication Coordination

PHAs are provided with guidance from HUD Headquarters and may ask questions of HUD staff while preparing their applications. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.


PHAs are notified by HUD if an application is not approved.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


Not applicable.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

The ultimate beneficiaries are residents of the severely distressed public housing and residents of the revitalized development.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The Revitalization Grants awarded in FY 03 ranged from $1.8 to $20 million, with an average of $17.7 million. The maximum grant amount was set at $20 million. Demolition-only grants awarded in FY 03 ranged from $60,000 to $4.8 million, with an average of $1.03 million. Demolition grants have no maximum, though applicants may request only up to $6,000 per unit for demolition and other eligible related costs.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Grants) FY 03 $595,144,000; FY 04 $567,530,000; FY 05 $141,000,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Not applicable.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

Through fiscal year 2003, PHAs received 35 planning, 193 revitalization, and 218 demolition-only grants, with a total of 446 grants providing almost $5.4 billion in funding.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

As published in each NOFA.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Each year's grant agreement sets out the requirements regarding timetables and milestones.

Formula and Matching Requirements

Funds are provided to PHAs to cover the capital cost of a project. PHAs use operating subsidies to operate the project upon completion. FY 1993-1995 grantees are required to provide contributions from the City for supportive services in an amount equal to 15 percent of the HOPE VI grant for supportive services. Starting in FY 1999, Grantees must provide a 5 percent overall match, and if more than 5 percent of the grant is used for Community and Supportive Services, any amount over that 5 percent must be matched.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Quarterly Progress Report, Quarterly Obligation and Expenditures Report, Closeout Report.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


HOPE VI is audited in conjunction with regular HUD or independent public accountant audits of PHA operations in accordance with 24 CFR 85.26.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Copies of budgets and accumulative cost records through the period of revitalization, and other records necessary to indicate compliance with the Grant Agreement.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



The funding authority for HOPE VI Revitalization grants under this HOPE VI NOFA is provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-199, approved on February 22, 2004) under the heading "Revitalization of Severely Distressed Public Housing (HOPE VI)." The program authority for the HOPE VI Program is section 24 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437v), as amended by section 402 of the HOPE VI Program Reauthorization and Small Community Mainstreet Rejuvenation and Housing Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-186, approved December 16, 2003).

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

No regulations have been published. Each grant is subject to the terms of its Grant Agreement, which is the contract signed by the Grantee and HUD. HUD posts guidance to its Home Page ( that provides Grantees with information on timelines, budgets, financial instructions, and other program guidance. HUD also publishes a Mixed-Finance Guidebook that is available to the public by calling 800-955-2232.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

The level of field office involvement in the administration of a project varies grant-by-grant. All HOPE VI Demolition grants are administered in the field, and most Revitalization grants are administered in Headquarters. Applicants should contact the HUD Field Office listed in the Additional Contact Information - FMR Help that has jurisdiction for their area.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing Investments, Office of Urban Revitalization, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 401-8812.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: