Affordable Housing Development in Main Street Rejuvenation Projects


To assist small communities with populations of 50,000 or less and 100 Public Housing units or less in the rejuvenation of historic or traditional central business districts or "Main Street Areas" by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with Affordable housing units. The objectives of the program are to: (1) Redevelop Main Street Areas; (2) Preserve historic or traditional architecture or design features in Main Street Areas; (3) Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street Areas; and (4) Provide affordable housing in Main Street Areas.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
HOPE VI Program Reauthorization and Small Community Mainstreet Rejuvenation and Housing Act of 2003, Public Law 108-186
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include, and are limited to, Units of Local Government ("Local Government") that are subdivisions of State governments, and other governments listed in Section 102 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The jurisdiction of the Local Government must contain a population of no more than 50,000. The Local Government must either have no Public Housing Agency (PHA) or a PHA that administers no more than 100 public housing units.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The beneficiaries are low-income families that occupy the newly developed affordable housing, and the local community that is benefiting from the Main Street rejuvenation project.
Eligibility requirements to apply for a Main Street grant are included in each year's Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. N/A
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A NOFA is published in the Federal Register announcing the availability of funds and referring applicants to application materials available from at Applications must be submitted electronically to Further information on registration into can be obtained on HUD's grants website at
Award Procedure
HUD Headquarters reviews each eligible application for threshold compliance, assigns rating points to applications that pass all thresholds, and the highest-rated applications are notified that they have been selected to receive a Main Street grant. Funds are obligated when HUD and the applicant execute a form HUD-1044, "Assistance Award/Amendment".
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
From 15 to 30 days. Applicants are notified by HUD if an application is not approved.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
As published in each NOFA.
How may assistance be used?
Main Street grant funds may be used to rehabilitate or develop new affordable housing that is included in a Main Street rejuvenation effort. Main Street housing units must be maintained as affordable for the initial residents only. Each resident (or family) must have an adjusted income of 80 percent or less of the area median income. Allowable activities that may be funded by a Main Street grant include: development of new housing units; rehabilitation of non-habitable existing housing units; acquisition activities; homeownership activities; necessary management improvement costs; relocation costs for affected residents; and community and supportive services. Main Street grant funded activities are limited to: affordable housing development that is part of an existing Main Street rejuvenation effort; development cost up to a maximum of HUD's Total Development Cost for public housing units; maximum fees and soft costs listed in HUD's public housing Safe Harbor Cost Controls; and a maximum of 15 percent of the grant amount to support community and supportive services activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The grant manager visits the sites after execution of the grant agreement and then annually.
Main Street grants are audited with regular audits of the unit of local government and after grant close-out.
Grantees should keep copies of budgets and accumulative cost records through the grant period, along with other records necessary to indicate compliance with the Grant Agreement.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 5%.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants have a term of 30 months. The applicant must include its program schedule in the application. After execution of the grant agreement, pre-development funds are made available. Upon HUD approval of the development proposal and the beginning of construction, the remainder of funds are released.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
All Main Street grants are administered at Headquarters by the Office of Public Housing Investments (OPHI). The level of field office involvement in the administration of Main Street grants is limited to issuance of the required environmental review (24 CFR Part 50), and construction inspections. Grantees should contact OPHI at (202) 401-8812, until a HUD Grant Manager is assigned. Grantees should also contact the HUD Field Office Public Housing Division that has jurisdiction for their area. Local Public Housing Divisions are listed on the internet at
Headquarters Office
Lawrence Gnessin,
451 7th Street, S.W., Room 4130
Washington, DC 20410 US
Phone: (202) 401-8812.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 17 est $0.00; FY 16 est $0.00; FY 15$0.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The grant amount was $500,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Authorizing legislation in Section 24 of the 1937 Housing Act is extremely detailed. No regulations have been published. Main Street housing development is processed using HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing Mixed-finance regulations detailed in 24 CFR 941.606, or HOPE VI homeownership regulations under Section 24 of the 1937 Act. Each grant is subject to the terms of its NOFA and Grant Agreement, which is the contract signed by the Grantee and HUD. HUD posts guidance on its Main Street website at with links to Main Street's most recent NOFA, program summaries, general guidance materials, mixed-finance guidance materials, and relevant statutes, regulations and notices. This web site provides Grantees with information on timelines, budgets, financial instructions, and other program guidance.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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