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HUD Update: HUD Announces CY 2021 Service Coordinator and Congregate Housing Grant Renewals

23 February 2021
 February 23, 2021
Category Industry News, News

Below is an announcement from the HUD Office of Asset Management  regarding the start of the application period for Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Service Coordinator in Multifamily Housing Program and Congregate Housing Services Program renewals. Please note that you will have 31 calendar days to submit the required documentation in GrantSolutions and the application period will close on Monday, March 22, 2021. For more information, please see the announcement below.

We are excited to announce that the application period for Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Service Coordinator in Multifamily Housing Program and Congregate Housing Services Program renewals will open in GrantSolutions on Friday, February 19, 2021.

Grantees will have 31 calendar days to submit the required documentation in GrantSolutions in accordance with the attached CY 2021 Annual Renewal Guidance.  The application period will close on Monday, March 22, 2021.

We appreciate and share your concerns regarding the delay renewing Service Coordinator and Congregate Housing grants. The availability of funding is contingent on the annual, congressional appropriations process. Moving forward we will make every effort to have as many of the actions within our control completed so funds can be disbursed as quickly as possible once they become available. A timeline with projections for key dates is included below to provide insight into the steps required to process the CY 2021 grants and make funds available for disbursement.

To address these concerns, we evaluated different approaches to help streamline the application process and expedite the amount of time it will take for grantees to receive funds. After careful consideration, we decided to employ the approach used in CY 2018 and compress the application period. More detailed information is provided under CY 2021 Renewals Approach and in the CY 2021 Annual Renewal Guidance.

In the interim, Owners/Management Agents may request access to available Reserve for Replacement funds to cover expenses while awaiting new extension funds and ensure the continuation of this vital program. To do so, Owners/Management Agents must submit a loan request to their Account Executive in the Regional/Satellite Office. Please note that funds borrowed from other project accounts to cover expenses while awaiting new extension funds must be fully reimbursed to those other accounts with grant funds immediately upon the availability and access to the grant award.

CY 2021 Renewals Approach

Grantees with Active GrantSolutions Awards

All grantees with awards that were previously processed in GrantSolutions are eligible to apply for renewals without submitting a HUD-91186-A Form, Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator’s One Year Budget, if they chose to receive the amount of funding in their CY 2020 Approved 12-Month Budget. Grantees that choose this option will automatically receive the 1.3% COLA. Upon award, grantees that choose this option may modify Budget Line Items through the Amendment Process.

Grantees with New Ownership

Grantees with new Ownership during the last CY must follow the full renewal process as described in CY 2021 Annual Renewal Guidance.

All grantees must comply with the submission requirements in the CY 2021 Annual Renewal Guidance.

Projected Timeline of Key Dates

Action   Projected Start Date       Projected End Date

Application Submission Period   2/19/2021            3/22/2021

Application Review         2/22/2021            4/23/2021

Funding Recommendation Review           4/26/2021            5/14/2021

Prepare and Issue Amendments 5/17/2021            5/26/2021

Obligate Funds  5/27/2021            6/9/2021

Grantee Acceptance Period         6/9/2021              7/7/2021

Process Disbursements 6/10/2021            Ongoing

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