Volume 2 Issue 10 May 11, 2012
HUD Partners with DC Government to Provide Grant Technical Assistance
This week, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary Mercedes Márquez announced a collaborative partnership that will provide technical assistance to DC government agencies as they implement an improvement plan for grant administration. The plan results from an assessment that HUD conducted of the District’s granting programs.
“This partnership will enable us to improve on a longstanding problem we inherited – inadequate administration of some federal urban-development grants,” Mayor Gray said. “HUD’s assessment confirms that problems exist. But we feel they are not insurmountable, and we are committed to fixing them – because DC residents and federal taxpayers deserve better service delivery and programs that do what these grants were designed to: lift up urban communities.”
Mayor Gray said his administration’s housing staff has worked with HUD and their technical assistance provider, Enterprise Community Partners, over the past several months to conduct the assessment and create a plan for addressing the problems. The agencies will now implement the plan, which focuses on the District’s Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP), the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program (HOPWA) and the District’s project-underwriting standards for housing grants.
The implementation period will include continued HUD technical assistance and will last six months. At the end of October District leaders will assess, in consultation with HUD, the success of implementation and whether the plan needs to be adjusted or altered.