1b. Structure of This Toolkit
Grant programs share the overarching characteristic of being funded with through a competitive process under HUD’s Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) for discretionary programs. Because the core activities funded under each program – as well as the types of entities that are eligible for awards – differ, the rules and guidelines for managing each type of grant also have differences.
- For example, while Section 811 PRA Program grantees are exclusively state housing finance agencies, the grantees of the other programs are primarily 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities.
In regards to eligible program activities, the Section 811 PRA Program funds only rental assistance (and program administration). Meanwhile, the Service Coordinators in Multifamily Housing Program funds only the staff costs associated with service coordination for tenants (and nearby neighbors) of multifamily assisted housing. As a result, specific rules, regulations and guidance will vary based on program-specific and grant-specific situations.
How Is This Toolkit Structured?
To accommodate these differences, we have structured this Toolkit in the following fashion: the guidance and financial management expectations that are common to all multifamily housing grant programs will be presented first.
This will be followed by more detailed explanations – with examples in some cases – that illustrate the nuances and specifics that apply to each grant program and type of grantee and sub-recipient, e.g. guidance that relates specifically to:
- Section 811 Program and its housing finance agency grantees
- Assisted Living Conversion Program grantees
- Congregate Housing Services Program grantees
- Multifamily Service Coordinator Program and its public housing authority grantees