On September 7, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) published PIH-2012-38, guidance to housing authorities seeking emergency capital needs funding for safety and security measures utilizing FY12 funds. The Department has allocated $3 million of the $20 million emergency capital needs set-aside provided by Congress within the Capital Fund appropriation specifically for emergency safety and security funding to address crime and drug-related activity.
The Department will fund “safety and security emergencies that pose an increased threat to the health and safety of PHA residents on a first come, first serve basis until the set aside funding is exhausted.” Only those housing authorities seeking funding specifically for capital needs related to safety and security measures necessary to address crime and drug-related activity are eligible to apply. Housing authorities may only apply for one grant, and the maximum award limit is $250,000. The intent of the grant is to provide one-time assistance.
Grant funds can be used to install, repair, or replace capital needs items including, but not limited to: security systems/cameras, fencing, lighting systems, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks, and doors. Non-eligible uses include patrol cars, salaries for housing authority staff, “BLI 1410-Administrative expenses,” and transferring safety and security funding to the operating budget line item, BLI 1406.
Applications are due October 22, 2012 and must be overnighted to Jeff Riddel, Director, Office of Capital Improvements, 451 7th Street SW, Room 4146, Washington, DC 20410.