DND’s Policy Development and Research Division (PDR) oversees the citizen participation process for the City of Boston's annual formula grant allocations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for which a Consolidated Plan and annual Action Plan must be prepared. The City also provides HUD with a report that details the year’s accomplishments, called the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).
In addition, PDR manages Notices about requirements for the City's partner organizations that may be applying for HUD funding (item #4 below). For more information, please contact Diane Marchioni, Manager of Research at 617.635.0243 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As a prerequisite to applying for HUD funds, cities are required to develop a 3-5 year plan outlining the jurisdiction's housing and community development needs and priorities. Boston's current five-year Consolidated Plan covers the period from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2018. The City also periodically posts notices related to requirements for organizations applying for HUD funding.
Each year, Boston is required to submit an Action Plan indicating how the City plans to use the funds it will receive from HUD to address the priority needs identified in the Consolidated Plan. The Action Plan constitutes the City’s application to HUD for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding allocations.
At the end of each fiscal year, the City prepares a performance report, formally known as the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), to provide information to members of the public and to HUD about the year’s program accomplishments.
Many HUD Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) applications require an organization to obtain a certification from the local government in which the proposed project is located that verifies that the application is consistent with the community’s HUD approved Plans.
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