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Notice of CDBG COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) Funding Amendment

Review and Comment: June 17-23, 2020

https://thda.org/research-planning/consolidated-planning

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) have released an amendment to the 2019-2020 State of Tennessee Annual Action Plan detailing new COVID-19 CARES Act funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The State of Tennessee CDBG program has received an allocation of $16,813,334 targeting economic and community development efforts related to COVID-19. In order to promptly award this CDBG-CV funding, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted Tennessee waivers to shorten the public comment period to no less than 5 days and offer reasonable opportunity for comment, while waiving the full requirements of the Citizen Participation Plan.

For additional information and to review the CDBG-CV Amendment, please visit https://thda.org/research-planning/consolidated-planning. Citizens are encouraged to review and/or comment on this amendment between June 17-23, 2020. Additional COVID-19 related amendments may be forthcoming. Check the website listed for ongoing updates.

Notificación de la enmienda de financiación del programa CDBG (CDBG‑CV) debido a la COVID‑19

Revisión y comentarios: del 17 al 23 de junio de 2020

https://thda.org/research-planning/consolidated-planning

La Agencia de Desarrollo de Viviendas de Tennessee (THDA) y el Departamento de Desarrollo Económico y Comunitario de Tennessee (ECD) han publicado una enmienda al Plan de acción anual del estado de Tennessee 2019-2020 que detalla los nuevos fondos de la Ley CARES por la COVID‑19 destinados al programa de Subvención para el desarrollo comunitario (CDBG). Para el programa CDBG del estado de Tennessee se asignaron $16,813,334 destinados a los esfuerzos de desarrollo económico y comunitario relacionados con la COVID‑19. Con el fin de otorgar los fondos del programa CDBG-CV rápidamente, el Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de Estados Unidos (HUD) le concedió a Tennessee permisos para reducir el período de comentarios públicos a 5 días como mínimo y así ofrecer una cantidad de tiempo razonable para hacer comentarios; también eliminó los requisitos completos del Plan de participación ciudadana. Para obtener más información y revisar las enmiendas CDBG-CV, visite https://thda.org/research-planning/consolidated-planning. Se anima a los ciudadanos a revisar y comentar esta enmienda entre el 17 y el 23 de junio de 2020. Es posible que pronto haya más enmiendas relacionadas con la COVID‑19. Visite el sitio web indicado anteriormente para conocer las actualizaciones en curso.

WHAT IS HOPWA?

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program was established under the AIDS Housing Opportunities Act (42 U.S.C. 12901) in 1990 and amended by the Housing Community Development Act of 1992. The program is designed to provide States and localities with the resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of low-income persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and their families.

 For More Info see HUD Exchange: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/hopwa/

 

PROGRAM PURPOSE

The goal of the program is to provide housing assistance and supportive services for income-eligible individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families to establish or better maintain a stable living environment in housing that is decent, safe, and sanitary, to reduce the risk of homelessness, lower viral load and to improve access to health care.

 

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

The HOPWA program is administered by Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), which receives annual formula grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  TDH contracts with seven (7) Project Sponsor(s) for the delivery of service, serving the State's 79 HOPWA Service Delivery Areas.

 

*The remaining 16 Counties/ Service Delivery Areas in Tennessee are served through the Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Areas EMSA’s which is not affiliated with the State of Tennessee Department of Health.

 

CONSOLIDATED PLANNING PROCESS:

The Department of Health works with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to administer the five formula grants from HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Program, Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG), Housing Trust Fund, and HOPWA. As a requirement of receiving funds, each award recipient must submit annual updates and status reports regarding grantees performance.  This information is integrated into an annual Consolidated Planning document and submitted to HUD. In addition, each award participant must submit an updated status report HUD Form -40110-D. The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) provides annual performance reporting on client outputs and outcomes that enables an assessment of grantee performance in achieving the housing stability outcome measure. The CAPER, in conjunction with the Integrated Disbursement Information System (IDIS), fulfills statutory and regulatory program reporting requirements and provides the grantee and HUD with the necessary information to assess the overall program performance and accomplishments against planned goals and objectives.

TN Housing Development Agency:  http://thda.org/

 

HOPWA SERVICE PROVIDERS

Seven (7) HOPWA service providers were awarded funding through a competitive application process in 2016 facilitated by Department of Health. The service providers include CEMPA Community Care, Columbia CARES, Frontier Health/HOPE for TN, Nashville CARES, Positively Living, Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) and West Tennessee Legal Services (WTLS).

See The State of Tennessee, Department of Health- HOPWA Program Map to contact a HOPWA contracted service provider.

 

HOPWA OVERVIEW:

The State of TN provides HUD-approved activities through the following programs:

 

            Short-Term Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance (STRMU): May provide short-term rent, mortgage, and utility payments to prevent homelessness of the tenant or mortgagor of a dwelling.  This program enables income-eligible individuals living with HIV/AIDS at risk of becoming homeless to receive short-term assistance for a period not to exceed 21 weeks’ worth of assistance in any 52-week period.  These payments are for eligible individuals and their household beneficiaries who are already in housing and who are at risk of becoming homeless.

 

            Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA): A rental subsidy to help participants obtain permanent housing in the private rental housing market that meets housing quality standards and is rent reasonable. Working much like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, HOPWA tenant based rental assistance (rent only) pays the difference between the Fair Market Rent or Housing Choice Voucher Rent Standard of the tenants’ portion for the rent.

 

            Supportive Services (SS):  May provide non-medical case management, advocacy, coordination of benefits, education, employment assistance and training for persons with HIV/AIDS, legal services, life skills management, nutritional services, mental health services, outreach, transportation, and medical services. Supportive Services may be provided in conjunction with HOPWA housing assistance or as a stand-alone service (Supportive Services Only).   

 

            Permanent Housing Placement:  May provide assistance for permanent housing placement costs that include reasonable security and utility deposits not to exceed the amount equal to 2 months of rent, and costs related to application fees, ID’s and credit checks.

 

          Transitional/Short-term Facilities (TFB): Transitional housing prevents homelessness for households at sever risk of displacement. This type of short-term housing assistance is classified and reported as facility based housing cost for leasing a hotel/motel unit.  Hotel/motel vouchers provide a quick and safe option for domestic violence situations or other circumstances in which a client needs to be quickly housed particular when other shelter in not available.

 

HOPWA APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:

Low–income persons that are medically diagnosed with HIV and their families may be eligible to receive HOPWA funded assistance. Applicants are screened for eligibility based on jurisdiction and household income levels. The amount of household income to be eligible may change annually by HUD and would require disclosure of household earnings to HOPWA personnel to identify eligibility status.

 

HISTORY OF HOPWA SERVICES IN TENNESSEE:

HUD suggests planning occur at the project sponsor level as well as grant management levels. During the 1996 grant year, the State (Facilitated through Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) was notified that two of its metropolitan regions (Memphis and Nashville) qualified as Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Areas (EMSAs) for HOPWA formula allocations beginning in FY 1997. At that time, the Tennessee revised the geographic breakdown for HOPWA services into seven regions, which include every county in the State not supported by the two EMSAs. Each of the seven (7) regions has one not-for-profit agency that is the Project Sponsor for HOPWA. The not-for-profit organizations were selected using the RFGP process. In the winter of 2003, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released updated service areas, along with HOPWA formula jurisdictions based on the 2000 Census. The update had been conducted periodically since that time, and by 2005, sixteen counties had been removed from the State’s service area and relocated to the metropolitan statistical area of Nashville EMSA. These include: Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson counties. Additionally, Fayette, Shelby, and Tipton counties became the responsibility of Memphis EMSA. The RFGP process for the State of Tennessee HOPWA program is based on a five-year cycle, with the latest being concluded in 2016. The contracts for these agencies are renewed annually for up to five years. However, the State of Tennessee reserves the right to terminate a contract should there be substandard performance by a Project Sponsor. In the event a contract is terminated, the State will solicit new agency proposals. The Department of Health is contracting with established not-for-profit agencies that continually show both the capability to plan for, as well as the ability to provide, direct intervention and housing assistance to eligible clients and their families. Proposals were submitted by the Project Sponsors and evaluated on criteria such as technical services, organization and experience, and budget reasonableness, to name a few. Funds were originally awarded as available to sponsors who submitted proposals that best met, or exceeded the required criteria and provided a detailed budget, which best met the needs of HOPWA clients. Renewal of the contract is determined by periodic evaluation of the Project Sponsors achieving, or exceeding the requirements outlined in the Scope of Services, which is found in each Project Sponsor’s contract. There were remote (desk audit and on-site reviews that tracked conformance to historical factors. The purpose of this risk appraisal was to identify any patterns of non-conformance to HUD rules: 1) timeliness monthly invoices and CAPER reporting; 2) review of previous program on-site audit documentation; 3) where non-conformance identified, resolution of ID issues, 4) historical accuracy of CAPER reporting and forecasting assumptions for program and fiscal plans and draw-downs.

 

If I have any additional questions, whom should I contact?   

State of Tennessee, Department of Health-HOPWA Director 615-532-7914