On October 14, 2011, HUD published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to competitively award $10 million to fund activities for the Tenant Resources Network (TRN). Under the NOFA, non-profit organizations and associations could compete for funds to help assist, inform, educate and engage tenants of eligible project-based Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract-assisted properties regarding their rights, responsibilities and options in cases of mortgage prepayment, mortgage maturation, and failing REAC scores. The funding could also be used by non-profits to engage tenants in efforts to preserve eligible properties as affordable housing.
Eligible properties included:
· Project-based Section 8 properties whose owners had filed a notice of Opt-Out or mortgage prepayment between October 14, 2010-2011;
· Properties that received a second consecutive “Below 60” physical inspection score between October 14, 2010-2011 (not yet under abatement); or
· Properties with a FHA insured or direct mortgage maturing before October 14, 2013.
A list of eligible project-based Section 8 properties, originally published with the October 14, 2011 NOFA, may be found here: http://www.nahma.org/member/New%20HUD%20Docs/TRN-Eligible%20Properties.pdf
Today, HUD informed NAHMA and industry stakeholders that the NOFA grant award winners have identified a number of properties from the eligible property list where they will perform eligible TRN activities over the next two years. To that end, the Department has sent a property-specific letter to each property owner informing them that TRN activities will be carried out by the grantee at their property. The letter also contained the names of the NOFA award winners that will carry out the TRN activities. A sample letter for owners whose properties have been selected for TRN activities by the grantees may be found here: http://www.nahma.org/member/New%20HUD%20Docs/Sample%20TRN%20Letter%20to%20Eligible%20Owners%20and%20Properties.pdf
Please contact Claire Trivedi Brolin at HUD if you have any questions: Claire.T.Brolin@hud.gov