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REALTORS® Cooling Wake

Keeping it Cool This Summer...

On hot summer days, many local elderly or medically compromised Triangle neighbors will suffer when the temperatures skyrocket. REALTORS® Cooling Wake can help! This program, in partnership with the Wake County “Cool for Wake” program has available small window A/C units (to cool one room). Our volunteers can deliver a unit to the home of a medically fragile senior, an individual with respiratory or multiple health issues, or a family with young children and limited resources. All applicants are screened by Wake County Human Services.

For more information or to request an A/C unit, please contact:
Denise Kissel
Wake County Human Services
220 Swinburne St., Room 1142
Raleigh, NC 27620-6833
(919) 212-7083 (tel); (919) 212-7792 (fax); denise.kissel@wakegov.com

 

Reminder For All HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies Preparing to Submit a NOFA Application to Grants.gov

In anticipation of the upcoming publication of a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for HUD’s Housing Counseling Program, potential Housing Counseling NOFA applicants should immediately take steps to ensure that they are properly registered to submit an application electronically through grants.gov. In order to apply for a grant, you and/or your organization must complete the grants.gov  registration process. The registration process can take between three to five business days or as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed in a timely manner. So please register early! NOTE: Applicants will not be eligible to apply for grant funds if not properly registered.

NEW APPLICANTS: New users will be required to complete a five-step grants.gov registration process as outlined below.

STEP 1: OBTAIN DUNS NUMBER: The federal government has adopted the use of DUNS numbers to track how federal grant money is allocated. DUNS numbers identify your organization. It takes only one day to obtain a DUNS number. If your organization does not know its DUNS number or needs to register for one, visit Dun & Bradstreet.  During the registration process, the Dun and Bradstreet number (DUNS number) assigned to the applicant organization should match information previously provided by your organization which is also contained in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) records.

STEP 2: REGISTER WITH CCR (Central Contractor Registration): Registering with the System for Award Management (SAM), (formerly CCR) is required for organizations to use grants.gov. If your organization is not registered, you can apply online by going to: sam.gov (please note this is the updated link address for the formerly CCR website). If AFTER having registered in SAM, you experience any registration problems, you can get help by going to the Federal Service Desk. When your organization registers with SAM.gov, you must designate an E-Business Point of Contact (E-Biz POC). This person will identify a special password called an "M-PIN." This M-PIN gives the E-Biz POC authority to designate which staff member(s) from your organization are allowed to submit applications electronically through grants.gov. Staff members from your organization designated to submit applications are called Authorized Organization Representatives (AORs). If your organization already has an Employment Identification Number (EIN) or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), then you should allow one – three to seven business days to complete the entire SAM registration. If your organization does not have an EIN or TIN, then you should allow two weeks for obtaining the information from the IRS when requesting the EIN or TIN via phone or Internet.

STEP 3: USERNAME & PASSWORD: An AOR username and password serves as an "electronic signature" when submitting a grants.gov application. To create a username and password, AORs must complete their profile on grants.gov. AORs will need to know the DUNS number of the organization for which they will be submitting applications to complete the process. After your organization registers with the System for Award Management (SAM), AORs must wait one business day before they can complete a profile and create their usernames and passwords on grants.gov.

STEP 4: AOR AUTHORIZATION: Only the E-Biz POC can approve AORs. This allows the organization to authorize specific staff members or consultants/grant writers to submit grants. Only those who have been authorized by the E-Biz POC can submit applications on behalf of the organization.

STEP 5: TRACK AOR STATUS: AORs can login to track their AOR status using their username and password (obtained in Step 3) to check if they have been approved by the E-Biz POC. This step is important to verify that the organization’s E-Biz POC has approved the AOR. Applicants may click on this link to view the: checklist for completing the registration process..

PREVIOUS APPLICANTS: Applicants that have previously completed the registration process have to renew or update their registration at the SAM Homepage    

If an organization has an expired registration, it may need to contact the Federal Service Desk for help because SAM (formerly CCR) changed its login procedure in July of 2012. Organizations can no longer access their SAM profile by entering a DUNS + TPIN. They must create a user account, which is another user id/password combination attached to some personal information.  HUD will not make a payment to an awardees’ whose SAM Registration has expired.  See: Interim Rule published July 15, 2010 (75 FR 41087)  and: Final Rule published December 8, 2010 (75 FR 76260)

For additional information, applicants may contact the SAM helpdesk at 1-866-606-8220. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM EST. Applicants may also contact HUD’s NOFA Information Center at 1-800-483-8929. The HUD NOFA Information Center accepts calls Monday through Friday 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM EST. For further guidance on electronic grant submission and the registration process,

All Parent Agencies should make sure their sub-agencies have received this information. Please direct questions or comments to your respective HUD point of contact or email: Housing.Counseling@hud.gov  

 

2014 North Carolina Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

The NC Assets Alliance is proud to announce the release of the 2014 NC Assets & Opportunity Scorecards. Please click on the links below for more information.

2014 North Carolina Assets & Opportunity Scorecard 

Treading Water in the Deep End: Findings from the 2014 Assets and Opportunity Scorecard  

 

The 2014 Housing Credit awards are now posted on the Agency website.

http://www.nchfa.com/Forms/FundedProjects/2014FundedProjects.pdf

Through your efforts, credits were awarded to 44 projects in 36 counties totaling 2,950 units.  For the third consecutive year we set a record for the most units produced in a cycle - an increase of 452 units over last year’s awards.  Four tax exempt bond projects totaling 733 units were also approved this cycle.  Thanks to all those who participated.

 

You're invited to join the Housing Communications Hub

The Housing Communications HUB  is a free online community from the National Housing Conference that connects you to an incredible resource: colleagues from across the country who share your challenges, uncertainties and successes in communicating about affordable housing. It's a place where you can ask advice, share your experiences and build relationships. 

Whether you work at the local, state or national level, as long as you're interested in communicating effectively about affordable housing, the HUB is for you. The HUB allows you to download resources that will help you plan and execute your communications work, as well as to share your own successful communications products. It also provides discussion forums that allow for dialogue and exchange about housing communications issues with others who are doing this work across the United States. Visit the HUB and join free today!

 

Are you considering a smoke-free policy but are still not convinced? It all comes down to improving your bottom line.

The sooner you go smoke-free, the sooner you can save money in decreased fire, maintenance, and turnover costs. Adopting a smoke-free policy can also boost your marketing value.

Scott Alderman of Landura Management Associates in Winston-Salem explains why:

“First, there are lower turnover and HVAC ductwork cleaning costs with smoke-free policies. Two, they keep the property cleaner. You’d think there’d be more cigarette butts everywhere, but that’s not the case – our tenants use the receptacles we put out there. Third, the biggest savings has been with fires. Before we were smoke-free, we had two fires within the span of 10 days, which cost us $1.3 million.”

By adopting a smoke-free policy, you can improve your bottom line.

To learn more about how smoke-free policies can save you money:

Visit the NC Division of Public Health’s Smoke-Free Housing Website at: http://www.smokefreehousingnc.com/property-managers/smoke-free-policies-why-do-it-#.VAngFZrD-9I

 

New Resource: Communicate about Housing More Effectively with the Latest Research, Poll Data and More

The Center for Housing Policy releases a new literature review today by Janet Viveiros and former Center researcher Rebecca Cohen covering research into public opinions on housing affordability issues and how to best communicate around them. The new paper, Building Support for Affordable Homeownership and Rental Choices: A Summary of Research Findings on Public Opinion and Messaging on Affordable Housing, offers housing advocates and practitioners the latest polling data and concepts on how to effectively communicate about housing affordability issues with the public and policymakers. It is the latest report in the Center's Insights from Housing Policy Research series.

Download and read the paper now.

The paper includes a summary of findings that advocates and practitioners can apply directly to their work. A section on Public Opinion Research adds to our understanding of how respondents feel about affordable housing and the people who live in it. A second area on Language and Messaging research describes how respondents react to specific terms and ideas.

 

Foreclosure Prevention Effort Expanded to Recent Veterans, Furloughed Workers

The North Carolina Finance Agency announces the expansion of the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund to help veterans recently separated from service and military or civilian workers who are currently furloughed or facing an impending furlough.

The state-designed foreclosure prevention program makes mortgage payments for qualified unemployed workers as well as homeowners who have suffered certain other hardships, such as divorce, illness or death of a co-signor, while they look for work or complete job training. The Fund has already helped nearly 14,000 workers who have lost their jobs save their homes, and funding is available to assist another 7,000.

Please direct questions concerning the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency or the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund to: Connie Helmlinger, 919-877-5607 or cshelmlinger@nchfa.com; or Margaret Matrone, 919-877-5606 or mamatrone@nchfa.com.

 

CFED Announces Asset-Building Integration Learning Cluster

Do you provide affordable housing options to low- and moderate-income families? Do you often ask yourself how you can help your clients follow a monthly budget so they don’t fall behind on their utility bills?

Are you helping unemployed individuals build the skills they need to find and succeed in their next job? Do you ask yourself how you can help these clients open safe, affordable bank accounts so they don’t lose a big portion of their next paycheck to expensive check cashers?

Do you provide critical services to families in times of crisis? Do you wonder what you can do to help these families build an emergency savings account so they are more prepared for future financial crises?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should think about joining this Intensive Learning Cluster! In partnership with the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, CFED’s newest Learning Cluster is an 18-month collaboration between CFED and organizations providing services in the housing, workforce development and emergency assistance (critical needs) sectors. Participating in the Learning Cluster can help you incorporate asset-building strategies—such as getting your clients banked, helping people manage their credit or providing access to free tax preparation assistance—into your existing services.

Download the Request for Proposals here.

Organizations who are selected to participate in the Learning Cluster will receive an $8,000 stipend, a full scholarship for CFED’s 2014 Assets Learning Conference in Washington, DC, the opportunity to learn and problem-solve with other members of the Learning Cluster through virtual and in-person convenings, and technical assistance from asset-building experts.

If you are interested in participating, carefully review the Learning Cluster Request for Proposals and submit your project proposal to rfp@cfed.org no later than October 21, 2013. If you have questions, email Kori Hattemer.

 

CAHEC announcing automated applications for all Community Programs!

CAHEC is excited to announce that all of our resident and site-based Community Programs applications can now be submitted on-line!  Simple data entry and uploads allow you to complete applications with the touch of a button.  Program applications include our Technology Learning Center, Rex Williams Wellness Center, Community Grant Program, David T. Peet Adult Scholarship Program, and both Senior and Youth Recognition Programs. 

Once your property reaches its Fully Qualified Occupancy, you will be contacted by our Community Programs staff.  (We will require a contact name and site email in order to set your site up for our online applications.) An email will then be sent to your site with your user ID and password; you will then be able to log in to https://cponline.cahec.com and submit applications without completing any paperwork!  Our online applications can also be accessed through our CAHEC website by clicking the “Apply Now!” button on any of our programs.

If you have a resident completing an ASP application online, they will first be required to fill out a Request for User ID; once the request has been submitted to CAHEC, the student will receive an email with their individual log in information. All of our documents, including this form, can be found at www.cahec.com/community-programs. Individual participant and volunteer user IDs for the SRP and YRP will be generated by the system as the site application is created.

Please be advised, we are accepting paper applications for the 2013-2014 YRP launch. Otherwise, effective September 1, 2013, we are no longer accepting paper applications from any site. For more information on the automated process or to request a user ID before you reach FQO, please contact Katherine Occhipinti at kocchipinti@cahec.com or (919) 532-1792.

 

Water Garden Park Offers More Housing Options for Seniors

DHIC, Inc. is developing Water Garden Park, an 88-unit rental community for seniors 62+, and will start accepting leasing applications in September.  The community will open in early 2014.

This DHIC, Inc. community is located on Marvino Lane in Raleigh, NC (off of Glenwood Avenue/70 North near Ebenezer Church Road), will provide 60 one-bedroom and 28 two-bedroom affordable apartments for seniors.  

The campus is 100% smoke-free and apartments include green features that will help save on utility costs and create a healthier living environment for residents. Drucker & Falk will be the management company overseeing Water Garden Park, as well as its sister property, Water Garden Village, a 60-unit multi-family community that opened at the end of 2012. 

Water Garden Park amenities include community spaces with large screen TV and kitchen, a computer room and library with free Internet access, a fitness room, and laundry facilities.  There are handicapped accessible units available, including some with roll-in showers.  Resources for Seniors will provide service coordination to residents. Financing for this development is being provided by the City of Raleigh, Wake County, Wells Fargo, the NC Housing Finance Agency and the Raleigh-based Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation.  

For more information about this community, please call the leasing office at (919) 615-2070. 

 

New NLIHC report: Housing Spotlight: America’s Affordable Housing Shortage, and How to End It

There were over 10 million renter households with incomes at or below 30% of the area median income in 2011. For these extremely low income families, there were only 3 million affordable and available homes. The National Housing Trust Fund could help end this shortage of over 7 million affordable homes.

These are among some of the findings in NLIHC's new report, Housing Spotlight: America’s Affordable Housing Shortage, and How to End It.

The report provides an in-depth analysis of the growing gap between the number of low income renters and the number of units that are affordable and available to them. This analysis of the 2011 American Community Survey shows that for every 100 extremely low income families, there are only 30 affordable and available rental homes.

Click here to download Housing Spotlight: America’s Affordable Housing Shortage, and How to End It.

 

New resources on lifecycle underwriting - test the viability of your properties over a 50-year lifecycle

The National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy are pleased to announce a suite of materials exploring lifecycle underwriting -- a new way of thinking about the costs of affordable multifamily rental housing.  

Rather than looking simply at the initial costs to develop a property and the ability of a property to remain financially viable for an initial 10- to 20-year period, lifecycle underwriting examines whether a property's finances are sufficient to cover the expected costs of maintaining the property over its full lifecycle, which can be as long as 50 years.

The new materials describe the principles behind lifecycle underwriting, the practical and policy implications of this new approach, and the results of a research study applying this methodology to compare the costs of two methods of producing multifamily affordable housing: new construction and acquisition-rehab.  The materials also include a free online tool that enables users to apply lifecycle underwriting to their own properties.

The materials include:

  • L-Cycle: The Lifecycle Cost Modeling Tool. This free tool enables users to estimate whether a property is likely to have sufficient funds to meet expected capital needs over a full 50-year lifecycle. Users can input basic property characteristics and obtain an estimate of when the property's reserves are likely to show a deficiency under different scenarios, as well as how much in additional funding would be needed to remain viable over a 50-year period.  
  • Comparing the Costs of New Construction and Acquisition-Rehab In Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing. This research working paper uses the lifecycle cost methodology to compare the total cost of developing and maintaining affordable multifamily rental housing over a 50-year period using either acquisition-rehab or new construction. Our analysis of a convenience sample of more than 200 properties found that, all else equal, new construction added approximately $40,000 to $71,000 (25 to 45 percent) per-unit to the lifecycle costs. 

The new materials, available at www.nhc.org/lcycle, were produced by the Center for Housing Policy in partnership with Compass Working Capital and Summit Consulting. The National Housing Conference collaborated with the team on the policy implications paper.

 

Partnering Landlord Information

The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) and Housing for New Hope’s programs are of special interest to landlords because of the valuable housing and budget services we provide. We not only help you find tenants for your units, but also to maintain long-term, successful tenants.

Becoming a partnering landlord does not in any way obligate you to use our service, but only confirms that you are open to working with CEF and Housing for New Hope. By becoming a partnering landlord, you can contact us when you have an unoccupied unit to fill or when you have a tenant who needs budget counseling services in order to keep the rent paid.

Why become a partnering landlord?

  • Receive rent payments on time
  • Recruit successful tenants
  • Reduce turnover costs
  • Advertise with us
  • Have an agency to call with tenant concerns

What We Offer

  • Our tenants agree to participate in a “protective payee” service, called Peace of Mind Accounts, which allow our tenants to ensure monthly rent and utilities are paid on time with automatic bill pay services
  • CEF works alongside tenants to create budgets and open savings accounts that can keep tenants paying on time, even in case of emergencies
  • Housing for New Hope prescreens applicants to make sure that all of our tenants have adequate income and access to services in order to be successful, long-term tenants
  • We are someone you can call, and we will do everything in our control to guarantee that our tenants will be the best possible

Invest in your community and become a partner in ending homelessness.

Contact us:

(919) 351-9756
services@communityempowermentfund.org

Community Empowerment Fund
www.communityempowermentfund.org

Housing for New Hope
www.housingfornewhope.org

 

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