the HEARTH Act regulations, our plans to implement the HEARTH Act programs,
and the technical assistance resources HUD is making available to CoCs.
With the total FY2012 appropriation being $1.901 billion, which is $477 million less than requested, neither all of the HEARTH Act requirements nor all of the HUD-related goals stated in the Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness can be fully realized. Therefore, HUD will be deciding which provisions of HEARTH to implement in order to maximize the impact on the people we serve. Given limited resources, communities should be aware of the following, which will be clearly outlined in the FY2012 CoC NOFA:
Renewal of existing projects, as provided for in HEARTH, is a priority;
While the HEARTH Act authorizes increases in administration, leasing, rental assistance and operating funds for renewals, it is unlikely that projects will receive the maximum increases allowed by law;
CoC planning funds may be made available, although at levels lower than the 3% allowed by law;
Funding for Unified Funding Agencies is not likely to be available in FY2012; and
HUD does not intend to implement the High Performing Communities provisions in FY2012 due to lack of sufficient data and budget constraints.
The RHSP allocation, which was initially proposed at $25 million, will likely be significantly less than proposed, and will only be funded once the CoC renewal burden demand has been met.
HEARTH is coming – Ann Marie also describes what CoCs and Grantees can do to prepare for HEARTH.