HUD is encouraging jurisdictions using Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds to voluntarily report benefit provided to households with incomes at or below 30% of area median income (AMI). According to a September 29, NSP Policy Alert, some grantees are serving ELI households. However, the NSP reporting system (known as DRGR) was not initially designed to gather ELI-specific accomplishments. DRGR can now record ELI benefit. It will not distinguish ELI renters from ELI homeowners.
NSP terminology might be confusing. The Policy Alert refers to households with incomes below 30% AMI as “very low income” (VLI). This is because NSP is tied to the CDBG program, which has long used the statutory term “low income” for households with income at or below 50% AMI.
The statute creating the three NSP programs requires 25% of a grantee’s funds to be used to benefit households with incomes at or below 50% AMI; the balance can benefit households up to 120% AMI.
The September 29 NSP Policy Alert is at http://hudnsphelp.info/media/resources/NSPPolicyAlert_PerformanceMeasure.pdf