City of Anniston: HOME Investment Partnership CDHO Certification Program in Alabama

The City of Anniston Community Development Department requests proposals from local non-profit organizations and government entities for HOME Investment Partnership CDHO Certification Program 2023.

Donor Name: City of Anniston

State: Alabama

City: Anniston

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 03/31/2023


The goal of the Community Development Department is to improve the City of Anniston’s community by providing adequate housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities for citizens who are low- to moderate-income.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is the principal federal program providing grants to states, cities, and towns to devise neighborhood approaches that will improve the physical, economic, and social conditions in communities. CDBG is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 (the Act) created the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). The Act’s objectives include promoting partnerships between states, local governments, and nonprofit organizations. A “community housing development organization” (CHDO) is a specific kind of community based nonprofit housing organization defined by the HOME Final Rule (24 CFR Part 92). CHDOs have a distinct and special status within HOME. Each Participating Jurisdiction (PJ) must set-aside at least 15% of its total HOME award each year specifically for projects that will be owned, developed, or sponsored by CHDOs.

At a high level, the CHDO definition can be grouped into four key elements. To be recognized as a CHDO, an organization must be:

  • A legally incorporated tax-exempt nonprofit organization;
  • An independent organization free of undue control by for-profit or governmental entities;
  • Accountable to the low-income community it serves; and
  • Capable of undertaking the development of affordable housing.

A Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is a special type of non-profit housing entity created under the Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program authorized by the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA) of 1990. Among the purposes of NAHA, as amended, are promoting partnerships between States, units of general local government and nonprofit organizations, and expanding the capacity of nonprofit organizations to develop and manage decent and affordable housing. The ACCHC receives annual awards of HOME Program funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), from which at least fifteen percent (15%) of each HOME Program annual award must be used for CHDO projects.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must:
    • have a nonprofit status for at least one (1) full year, or
    • have two (2) full years of operating experience under another nonprofit entity, or
    • be a local governmental entity or agency
  • The applicant must be registered to conduct business in the State of Alabama at the time of application.
  • The applicant must have an audit prepared by a qualified accountant or accounting service covering the last two most recent reporting periods of operation. Copies of each audited financial statement must be submitted with the application. Audit findings will make the applicant ineligible to receive assistance.
  • Non-profit organizations must have an active Board of Directors within the last 12 months.
  • The applicant must have at least twelve (12) months of experience directly related to the proposed project or program.

Eligible Activities

  • Homebuyer Rehabilitation (repair, rehabilitation, and reconstruction)
  • Homebuyer Activities (acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction, down-payment assistance)
  • Rental Housing (acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction)
  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance (monthly rental assistance, security & utility deposits).

For more information, visit City of Anniston.