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HUD Seeks Public Comment of Proposed Information Collection for the Community Development Marketplace (CDM)

December 13, 2016 Print ShareThis

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is pleased to ask for your input on a survey that will help us to understand the work and needs of grantees, subgrantees and partner organizations more fully and consistently. The Community Development Marketplace (CDM) Project Intake Survey is intended to provide us with a database of projects to help us target relevant information and technical assistance to organizations actively working on different types of projects.  It is also intended to allow respondents to find other organizations across the country working on similar issues and solutions, by joining peer groups through the survey process. Respondents will not have to be actively applying for federal assistance at the time they respond, or be part of larger consortia using or applying for federal assistance.

On November 28, 2016, Federal Register Notice FR-5909-N-81 was published, announcing a 30-day Public Notice of Proposed Information Collection. Specifically we are asking the public to review the questions in the survey, and the list of the Peer Cohorts attached to the survey, and answer questions listed below and on the survey’s web page.

Please submit any comments and/or your answers to and copy by December 28, 2016. Also feel free to submit user questions or information on any technical issues via

This is the last public comment period required for the Paperwork Reduction Act proposed information collection.

View the draft survey and related materials.

Questions for public comment include:

For potential users, including foundations, investors, researchers, other stakeholders:

  1. What kind of potential user are you? HUD has heard from foundations, investors, communities, researchers and national intermediaries and stakeholder networks, but there may be others who can use this data.
  2. Does the Project Intake Survey template capture information that would be useful to you? If yes, how is this information useful to you? If the information captured by the CDM Survey is not useful to you, how could we adjust this survey to better suit your information needs?
  3. Please review the list of peer cohorts, financing types, funding source types, asset classes, and types of project sponsors that respondents are asked to select to categorize their project details. Would these options assist you in filtering and searching for information you would like to have? Are there any other options that would help you that are currently missing? Are there any options that are redundant?
  4. Does the project intake survey capture the information useful to organizations working in your community? Please elaborate on what is useful or what could be done to make it more useful.
  5. What are the typical information gaps that interfere with your organization's ability to target suitable funding opportunities? How can the project intake survey be enhanced to yield relevant information for your purposes?
  6. With regard to geography filters, projects in the draft database would be searchable by city, state, zip code, and census tract (where known by the respondent). Do these filters allow for geographic searches that would be useful to you?
  7. How can HUD better engage foundation, philanthropic, and impact investor community?

For potential respondents:

  1. Please review the questions in the proposed Project Intake Survey. If you are managing a local community development project or intervention, would you be willing and able to respond to the survey questions and to make your responses public for purposes of potentially connecting you to federal and private partners and/or peers that could facilitate your work? If not, why not? 
  2. Do you perceive the benefits of responding to the CDM Survey as adequate and sufficiently motivating for you to respond? If not, what additional benefits would motivate you to respond?
  3. With regard to your and your partners' community revitalization efforts, please explain what particular types of information, peer exchange, introductions or other non-competitive assistance would be helpful to you as you move your work forward?
  4. With regard to geography filters, projects in the draft database would be searchable by city, state, zip code, and census tract (where known by the respondent). Do these filters allow for geographic searches that would be useful to you?
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