HUD ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION IN “SWEAT EQUITY” GRANTS

Washington, DC – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today awarded $10 million in “sweat equity” grants to four non-profit self-help housing organizations through HUD’s Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP).  This funding will create at least 539 affordable homes and significantly lower their purchase price for low-income buyers, who will contribute their own labor toward the construction or rehabilitation of these units.

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“Our SHOP grants help advance a fundamental ideal: that every American deserves the chance to build a brighter future by combining opportunity with their own hard work,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “We’re proud to help hundreds of families secure an enduring cornerstone of the American Dream.”

The following organizations will receive SHOP funds (see individual descriptions below):

Organization Grant Amount
Community Frameworks $1,676,280
Habitat for Humanity International $5,898,895
Housing Assistance Council $1,145,625
Tierra del Sol (Western States Housing Consortium) $1,279,200
Total $10,000,000

The SHOP program provides federal grants on a competitive basis to national and regional non-profit organizations and consortia that have experience in administering self-help homeownership housing programs. Many SHOP homebuyers are first-time homeowners and come from underserved communities.

Homebuyers will provide significant sweat equity toward the development of their units and/or the units of other homebuyers.  Sweat equity and volunteer labor may include, but are not limited to, landscaping, foundation work, painting, carpentry, trim work, and installing drywall, roofing or siding. A minimum of 50 sweat equity hours is required from a household of one person, while a minimum of 100 hours is required from a household of two or more. Community participation consisting of volunteer labor contributions is also required, and reasonable accommodations must be made for persons with disabilities.

Grantees may carry out activities directly and/or distribute SHOP funds to local non-profit affiliates that will develop the SHOP units, select homebuyers, coordinate the homebuyer sweat equity and volunteer efforts, and assist in the arrangement of interim and permanent financing for the homebuyers. Grantees ensure that new homebuyers can afford their homes at the time of purchase and for the long term.

SHOP grants must be used to purchase land and make necessary infrastructure improvements, which together may not exceed an average SHOP investment of $15,000 per dwelling unit.  Leveraged funds must be used for the construction or rehabilitation of these homeownership units. All newly constructed units will receive certification as ENERGY STAR qualified units.  All appliances, products or features that are installed or replaced will be ENERGY STAR qualified. Water usage products will bear the WaterSense label. Many units will also have “Green,” “Healthy Homes,” and “Universal Design” features.

Since 1996, when Congress first appropriated SHOP funds, the SHOP program has provided more than $396 million in federal grants that, together with significant leveraged funds and numerous volunteer hours, are transforming lives and neighborhoods through the production of more than 28,500 units of affordable housing.

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Fiscal Year 2016 SHOP Grantees

Community Frameworks (CF) is a regional non-profit self-help housing organization that serves the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.  CF will make SHOP funds available to 16 affiliates to purchase land and make necessary infrastructure improvements that support new construction and rehabilitation of the SHOP units.  Each affiliate has the flexibility to design a program that meets the needs of its community.  Funds will also be used for the administration of the grant.  Approximately fifty-two percent of all newly constructed units will receive certification as ENERGY STAR qualified units.  The number of Green and/or energy efficient units is projected to be 100% of total combined new construction and rehab units.  Community Frameworks will produce a minimum of 89 SHOP housing units.  Contact:  Heather Weagan, (360) 377-7738.

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a national non-profit self-help housing organization that will use SHOP funds in rural, metropolitan, and urban communities.  Local affiliates will compete for SHOP funding from HFHI.  Each affiliate has flexibility to design a program that meets the needs of its community.  SHOP funds will be used to purchase land and make necessary infrastructure improvements that support new construction and rehabilitation of the SHOP units.  Funds will also be used for the administration of the grant.  HFHI’s affiliates will construct ENERGY STAR-compliant units and install ENERGY STAR-labeled products and appliances and WaterSense-labeled products in all homes.  HFHI affiliates are strongly encouraged, but not required, to comply with the ENGERGY STAR Certified New Homes standard.  HFHI will produce a minimum of 315 SHOP housing units.  Contact: Donna Golden, (229) 410-7514.

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is a national non-profit self-help housing organization that will use its SHOP funds in primarily rural areas.  Local affiliates will compete for SHOP funding from HAC.  Each affiliate has the flexibility to design a program that meets the needs of its community.  SHOP funds will be used to purchase land and make necessary infrastructure improvements that support the new construction of SHOP units.  Funds will also be used for administration of the grant.  HAC will require that at least 50 percent of FY 2016 SHOP funded units be constructed according to a comprehensive, industry-recognized or regionally-recognized green building standards.  At least 20 percent of the units will meet Green Building, Healthy Home, and Universal Design standards.  HAC will produce a minimum of 64 SHOP housing units.  Contact: Karin Klusmann, Loan Fund Director, (202) 842-8600 ext. 118.

Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation is the lead agency representing the Western States Housing Consortium (WSHC) which also includes Comite de Bien Estar located in Yuma County, Arizona; Guadalupe Community Development Corporation located in Maricopa County, Arizona; Community Resources and Housing Development Corporations located in Alamosa County, Colorado; and Chicanos Por la Causa located in Pima County, Arizona.  SHOP funds will be used to purchase land and make necessary infrastructure improvements that support the new construction.  Funds will also be used for the administration of the grant. Eighty-one percent of the SHOP units constructed will meet the ENERGY STAR or Enterprise or National Green Building standards.  WSHC will produce a minimum of 71 SHOP housing units.  Contact: Rose Garcia, Executive Director, (575) 541-0477.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

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