The documents below provide important background information about the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF). Use these resources as a guide for your advocacy, especially to influence your state’s HTF Allocation Plan.
Basic HTF Information
The HTF is a federal block grant to states that is used for the development, preservation, rehabilitation, and operation of affordable homes targeted primarily to extremely low income renter households.
15 Short Papers Covering Key Features of the HTF Regulations
The items below present key portions of the national Housing Trust Fund law and interim regulations, broken down by key topic areas.
- About the National Housing Trust Fund
- Formula for Distributing NHTF States
- Focus on Extremely Low Income Renters
- Influencing Where the Money Goes
- Public Participation and the ConPlan
- How Can the Money Be Used in General?
- Eligible Project Costs
- Operating Cost Assistance
- Homeowner Features
- Ineligible Activities
- Key Time Frames
- Tenant Selection and Protection
- Fair Housing Features
- Site and Neighborhood Standards
- Serving People with Disabilities
The national Housing Trust Fund: Getting to Know the Regulations
- Getting to Know the HTF Regulations, webinar slides (PDF)
- Getting to Know the HTF Regulations: A five-part video series
The national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) statute requires your state to develop an HTF Allocation Plan each year. The statute requires public participation in the development of a state’s HTF Allocation Plan. The HTF statute and interim regulations also specify basic content of an HTF Allocation Plan. The public participation requirements required in drafting each year’s HTF Allocation Plan is an advocacy opportunity – be sure to make the best of it.