Date Published: November 2017
Yes, grant recipients may request reimbursement for direct costs associated with administering a housing counseling program, and for Intermediaries, State Housing Finance Agencies (SHFAs), and Multi-State Organizations (MSOs) managing a network of housing counseling agencies, branch offices, or both. Salaries of staff that do not provide direct housing counseling services may be treated as “administrative costs” under Section III.C.1.i of the FY 2016 and 2017 Comprehensive Housing Counseling Program NOFA. As a general matter we note that grant funds must be used only for eligible activities described in Section III.C. of the FY 2016 and 2017 Comprehensive Housing Counseling Program NOFA. HUD reserves the right to review and approve, or reject costs. All costs charged to a HUD grant must be included as itemized expenses on your approved grant budget.
To charge costs to a HUD grant, they must be included as itemized expenses on your approved grant budget. For more details, see the Eligible Activities section beginning on page 9 of the FY 2016 – 2017 Comprehensive Housing Counseling NOFA and work with your HUD Point of Contact during the grant execution phase.