The Capacity Building for Affordable Housing and Community Development Program, also known as the Section 4 program, was originally authorized under Section 4 of the HUD Demonstration Act of 1993 (Pub. L. 103-120, 107 Stat. 1148, 42 U.S.C. 9816 note), as amended. The program enhances the capacity and ability of community development corporations (CDCs) and community housing development organizations (CHDOs) to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income persons.
The authorizing legislation and amendments list five eligible grantees: the National Community Development Initiative (now called Living Cities), Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), The Enterprise Foundation (now called Enterprise Community Partners), Habitat for Humanity International (Habitat) and YouthBuild USA. In recent appropriation acts, Congress has limited the number of eligible grantees to LISC, Habitat and Enterprise Community Partners.
The program is designed to enhance the technical and administrative capabilities of CDCs and CHDOs to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income persons.
Current authorizing language limits eligible applicants to the following three organizations:
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
70 Corporate Center
11000 Broken Land Parkway, Suite 700
Columbia, MD 21044
Program funds may be used for the following activities:
Rural capacity building activities are eligible and may receive discretionary funding.
Application requirements may change on a yearly basis and can be found in the Program Section of HUD’s NOFA for the Section 4 Capacity Building Program. Applications are to be submitted in accordance with written submission requirements as found in the NOFA during the competition period. Only the aforementioned organizations are eligible to apply. Required forms may be accessed at Forms Resource.