Date Published: December 2015
Yes. As part of a new construction or rehabilitation activity, the HTF rule at § 93.201(a)(3)(ii) states that HTF may pay for the development costs to make utility connections, including connections from the property line to the adjacent street. This includes broadband internet connections.
However, HTF cannot be used for any off-site improvements, including running broadband internet cable or wires to the project site. Use of HTF funds is limited to the improvements on the project site, i.e., the land, owned by the project owner, upon which the HTF-assisted project is located.
Further, the HTF rule at § 93.200(d)(1) specifies that only the actual HTF eligible development costs of the assisted units may be charged to the program. If a multi-unit project does not contain 100 percent HTF-assisted units, then only a portion of the cost of the utility connections may be charged to the HTF program.