HUD Releases the General Section of the Super NOFA

We received this today from CSH and wanted to share it with you. The link to the document is General Section of the 2007 HUD SuperNOFA

Please note: CSH is offering the information in this Summary based on our current best understanding and interpretation of the 2007 SuperNOFA General Section for HUD Discretionary Programs. This summary is not meant to represent official advice under HUD authority.  For more information about this year’s SuperNOFA, visit the HUD website.

On Thursday, January 18, 2007, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the 2007 Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA) General Section for HUD’s Discretionary Programs ONLY.

The General Section lays out the general requirements for applications to all of the SuperNOFA programs, about 50 different HUD funding opportunities for 2007, including McKinney-Vento / Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs (SHP, S+C, and SRO Mod Rehab), Section 811, and HOPWA.  HUD is offering the General Section first to provide an opportunity for applicants to gain more familiarity with the requirements in advance of the publication of the Program Sections of the SuperNOFA.

Summary of Key Information Contained in the General Section to the 2007 SuperNOFA:

HUD is offering this early release of the General Section of the Super NOFA to give prospective applicants advance notice of the Departments threshold requirements, strategic goals, policy priorities and other requirements that are applicable to almost every application.

HUD expects to release the Program Section of the SuperNOFA in early 2007. No further indication of an expected announcement date is offered, and HUD will publish with the Program Section any changes to the General Section made after its publication. If you are interested in receiving an email notification of the availability of the program sections of the SuperNOFA, click here and sign up for e-mail notification of funding opportunities.

Electronic Submission of Applications for all Programs except the Continuum of Care Programs:

HUD will continue to require electronic submission for all program applications except for the Continuum of Care Programs.  For FY 2007, only the Continuum of Care will remain as a paper application process.  For FY 2008, HUD intends that the Continuum of Care will need to submit via electronic application.  The General Section notes on page 2396:

Therefore, it is in the interest of Continuum of Care applicants to complete the Grants.gov registration process in anticipation of moving to electronic application submission in 2008.  Continuum of Care agencies would benefit from becoming familiar with the Grants.gov filing requirements so that they do not limit their ability to apply for funding from federal sources.  HUD recommends that all prospective applicants take the time to carefully read the Federal Register notice published on October 31, 2006, entitled a Notice of Opportunity to Register Early and other Important Information for Electronic Application Submission via Grants.gov and register prior to the publication of the Program Sections of the FY2007 SuperNOFA.  The early registration notice can be found on HUDs Web site at (See page 2396 of the General Section.)

The Federal Register notice contains detailed instructions on the electronic submission process from early registration through submission and validation see page 2396 and pages 2402 through 2408 of the General Section for more information. Note that the e-grant process includes a validation of the application that can take 24 to 48 hours and applicants should submit their application a day or two in advance to address any issues with the electronic submission and still meet the deadline. HUD has taken this into consideration when setting the application deadlines (i.e. deadlines might be 63 days from notice, as opposed to 60 days.)  An applicant can request a waiver for cause of the electronic application submission requirement, but should do no later than15 days before the application deadline.  (See page 2408 of the General Section for waiver information.)

Getting an Application Packet:

The HUD Super NOFA and its forms will be available for download when they are announced at the web site. The Federal Register is the official document HUD uses to solicit applications, therefore if there are any discrepancies between the Federal Register and the information on grants.gov, the Federal Register prevails.  Do not download the same application packet more than once. Each download is given a unique ID number.  Use your saved download to share with others if needed.  NOTE: HUD is using PureEdge forms that can be downloaded and saved and have the ability to pre-load fields.  The forms can be found at by clicking here, or directly at this site and by then inserting the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number, available on pages 2417 through 2420 of the General Section.  These CFDA numbers include:

Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs
Supportive Housing Program (SHP) CFDA No. 14.235
Shelter Plus Care (S+C) CFDA No. 14.238
Section 8 Moderate Rehab SRO CFDA No. 14.249
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) CFDA No. 14.241
Section 202 Housing for the Elderly CFDA No. 14.157
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities CFDA No. 14.181
HOME TA CFDA No. 14.239
CHDO TA CFDA No. 14.239
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance TA CFDA No. 14.235
HOPWA TA CFDA No. 14.241
Youthbuild TA CFDA No. 14.243

Logic Models:

Last year, HUD instituted a standardized Logic Model format (form HUD 98010), a Microsoft Excel workbook containing instructions and incorporating program-specific master lists of: statements of need; service or activity/output(s) and their associated units of measure; and outcomes and their associated units of measure.  This year, HUD has made changes to the Logic Model format, including: adding drop-down menus for HUD Strategic Goals and Policy Priorities; added tabs for Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 activities, as well as a tab for Total; and included a new tab for reporting instructions.

In FY 2006, HUD required each program to establish a set of Program Management Evaluation Questions and a Return-on-Investment Statement for grantee reporting.  Starting with awards made in FY 2007, HUD is establishing a Grants Performance page that will feature program performance ratings issued by OMB under its Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART), or its successor tool, for HUD programs that have been evaluated by OMB.  HUD will also post all approved Logic Models that show each awardees projected outputs and outcomes during the period of performance.  As required performance reports are received by HUD, they will be added to the web site.  The General Section also provides guidance on Logic Model reporting, and training on HUDs Logic Model and reporting requirements will be provided via satellite broadcast.  (See pages 2413 – 2415 of the General Section for more details regarding Logic Models.)

Ending Chronic Homelessness Policy Priority:

Within the General Section, HUD has outlined their Policy Priorities, including Ending Chronic Homelessness and is encouraging applications to undertake activities that will result in:

1.Creation of affordable housing units, supportive housing, and group homes;
2.Establishment of a set-aside of units of affordable housing for the chronically homeless;
3.Establishment of substance abuse treatment programs targeted to the homeless population;
4.Establishment of job training programs that will provide opportunities for economic self-sufficiency;
5.Establishment of counseling programs that assist homeless persons in finding housing, managing finances, managing anger, and building interpersonal relationships;
6.Provision of supportive services, such as health care assistance that will permit homeless individuals to become productive members of society; and,
7.Provision of service coordinators or one-stop assistance centers that will ensure that chronically homeless persons have access to a variety of social services.

HUD notes that such activities support the following HUD Strategic Goals:

b. Promote Decent Affordable Housing; and

c. Strengthen Communities.