The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) announces the availability of funding under the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Public Services and Special Needs Housing Program.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, government agencies and NGOs that service vulnerable populations in the Virgin Islands. The goal is to fund those entities that may have been affected by the hurricanes or that were born from a need that was realized after the hurricanes.
The Public Services and Special Needs Housing Program was initially awarded $37.5 million in the CDBG-DR Action Plan. An amendment is forthcoming and will redirect funding to other urgent need programs. In consideration of the proposed changes, a notice of funding availability (NOFA) now reserves $7,395,000 for public services and special needs housing. Under the conditions of the NOFA, the VIHFA intends to award grant funds to eligible applicants in an individual award amount not to exceed $2.5 million.
The Application deadline is Wednesday, August 03, 2022, at 4:00 PM. Applicants must submit a completed application and all supporting documents described in the program NOFA electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. No hard copies will be accepted, and no extensions of the due date will be granted. VIHFA reserves the right to award selected applicants in accordance with funds made available by HUD and based on any applicable statutory constraint at the time of award issuance.
Prospective applicants must attend one of the MANDATORY orientation sessions as follows:
Applicant Orientation Session Information:
Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Time: 5:30-6:00 PM
Meeting ID: 842 8218 5397
Training Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84282185397? pwd=VStURUJFTkoreXhUZWNBQlI5Unc2Zz09
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Time: 5:30 – 6:00 PM
Meeting ID: 868 7434 9113
Training Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86874349113? pwd=UElYMUpiSnNZK1UrVmtsR0J5c21lZz09
For more information contact Mr. Dan Derima at (340) 777-4432 (St. Thomas/St. John) or Ms. Zakenya Ross at (340) 772-4432 (St. Croix).
CDBG-DR is a presidentially declared during a major disaster, Congress appropriates funds to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) when there are significant unmet needs for long-term recovery. The 3 core aspects of recovery are Housing, Infrastructure and Economic Revitalization. CDBG-DR funds can only be spent to meet the recovery needs caused by the disaster(s) specifically stated in the appropriation. Each funded project must meet at least one of the three national objectives as follows:
“Primary benefit to low/mod income persons” means: