On November 7, HUD Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs Janet Golrick responded to concerns raised by NLIHC regarding HUD’s funding announcement for the Tenant Resource Network (TRN) (see Memo, 11/4). In a November 3 letter to HUD, NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley expressed serious concerns with HUD’s TRN funding announcement, specifically asking HUD to change the list of eligible properties in the notice of funding availability (NOFA), and the NOFA’s performance measures.
In her response, Ms. Golrick said that HUD is “carefully considering your recommendations as we finalize a technical correction to the NOFA for the program. Our team is working carefully to verify the accuracy of the eligible property list. We are also considering technical corrections to provide additional flexibility for grantees to respond to Opt-Outs or other actions that put properties at risk. We share your concerns about the performance measures as they are written in the NOFA and we are considering adjustments to make these goals more appropriate for the purpose of TRN.”
Since program applicants must have at least 30 days to submit applications following any technical corrections, a delay in TRN’s D ecember 6 application deadline will follow any changes posted to the NOFA. Ms. Golrick’s letter says that the changes it is considering to the TRN NOFA could take several weeks to finalize.
Several organizations, including NLIHC the National Housing Law Project, and the National Alliance of HUD Tenants, communicated serious issues with the TRN NOFA to HUD. Organizations asked for HUD to make changes to the NOFA to improve the ability of the TRN to meet its stated goals, to educate assisted tenants and preserve subsidized housing.
View HUD’s response letter on TRN at: http://nlihc.org/doc/HUD_TRN_Response_Ltr_11-7-11.pdf