West Virginia and Maryland Member Information

WV/MD Caucus Packet – 10/27/2020

From the HUB

A new service was recently launched to support West Virginians who are managing increased stress due to the events of 2020. Underwritten by FEMA and the DHHR, Help304 – West Virginia’s Emotional Strength Line – offers free counseling via call, text, and chat. Find out more about this service on help304.com

👋 You’re Invited!
The Alliance for Economic Development of Southern West Virginia, the West Virginia Community Development Hub and Coalfield Development are teaming up again to shine a spotlight on innovative work (and the people behind it!) in Southern West Virginia at the Small Communities, Big Solutions Conference. Each year, a mix of community leaders, educators, businesses, and public officials come together to network, share ideas, and learn what is working well in our state.

This year’s event is all virtual on November 16-19. 
This is also the first year for the #WVSolutions Seekers conference for students on November 20!

Find out more + register »
  • Professional Development: The Small Communities, BIG Solutions conference is coming back this year – and with a new twist, a special track for students – this 11/16 – 11/20. Find out more »
  • Funding: The US EPA and USDA are accepting applications for their Local Foods, Local Places grants to help communities revitalize neighborhoods through the development of local food systems through 10/30. Find out more »
  • Funding: The WV Division of Arts, Culture and History is accepting applications for historic preservation planning grants through 11/30. Find out more »

WVHDF Info/Funding Opportunities

Programmatic Deadlines – Upcoming (and possibly concerning) deadlines:

  • 2019 Selected Properties must fulfill the 10% Test and other time-sensitive Carryover Allocation Certificate Special Conditions within one year of the property’s Carryover Allocation Certificate
  • 2018 Selected Properties must place in service by December 31, 2020

What we need: If you currently have a 2018 property under construction or rehabilitation, it may be helpful for us to understand where you are in completing your property.  If you are finished – great – we would like to know that.  If you are not finished – what current roadblocks (if any) are you facing to complete your property?

Linked are the HOME and Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Rental Housing Program Guidelines for 2020, the Pre-Application, and Rental Housing Proposal for HOME and HTF Programs (RFP).

Eligible applicants who are interested in responding to this RFP must:

  1. Submit the Pre-Application to Chuck Thomas (cthomas@wvhdf.com) no less than one week prior to submitting the RFP.
  2. Shortly after receipt of Pre-Application, applicant will receive information concerning Procorem and the work center established for the submission of the RFP.

RFPs received without a previously submitted Pre-Application will be returned. The RFP outlines specific application deadlines and other special considerations applied to a given funding round.  Applications for HOME and/or HTF Rental Housing funding must be submitted according to the following timeline: 

  • September 30, 2020 (for RFPs received from May 29, 2020, through September 30, 2020) – this application cycle is open to developers of limited project types: 4% LIHTC projects and CHDO developers.  LIHTC developers must complete the LIHTC Form 1040 and not the attached RFP. Moreover, LIHTC Developers must complete the LIHTC pre-registration and not the attached pre-application. HOME-only and/or HTF-only Pre-Applications for this round must be received on or prior to September 23, 2020.

The Fund’s acceptance of the RFP via Procorem does not preclude the Fund from requesting the submission of additional documentation and/or information to be delivered or sent to its office.

HOME is a HUD program regulated by 24 CFR 92, and HTF is a HUD program regulated by 24 CFR 93. For developers submitting a 2020 RFP, please be advised of the following information:

  • Contingent upon receipt of the 2020 HUD HOME award and approval of the 2020 Annual Action Plan (AAP), the Fund estimates it will commit no less than approximately $766,600 to the CHDO set-aside and approximately $5,300,000 to HOME Rental projects (amounts are approximate pending receipt of HOME award and approval of AAP).
  • For Projects requesting HOME funds:  Each project may request a minimum of $300,000 to a maximum of $800,000 of HOME funds.  No project will be awarded less than $300,000 or more than $800,000, unless the Fund’s underwriting determines otherwise.
  • Contingent upon receipt of the 2020 HUD HTF award and approval of the 2020 AAP, the Fund is prepared to commit approximately $2,700,000 to HTF rental projects (amount is approximate pending receipt of HTF award and approval of AAP).
  • For Projects requesting HTF funds:  Each project may request a minimum of $300,000 to a maximum of $1,300,000 of HTF funds.  No project will be awarded less than $300,000 or more than $1,300,000, unless the Fund’s underwriting determines otherwise.
  • The HOME and HTF portions of https://www.wvhdf.com/programs contain important documents for all developers, which include:  environmental documents, HOME & HTF Underwriting and Subsidy Layering Guidelines, current HOME & HTF maximum per-unit subsidy limits, HOME Match Information, and other significant documents that are required and beneficial for completing an RFP.

Please contact me at ccolby@wvhdf.com or 304-391-8663 if you have any questions or comments regarding the HOME and HTF RFP.

Shared by Norma, Fahe’s VP of Human Resources RE: Families 1st Coronavirus Response Act

On Wednesday, March 18, President Trump signed H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” into law. It becomes effective on April 2nd, which is a short period for taking compliance steps and budgeting for the changes. Among the provisions of the coronavirus relief bill are items relating to paid sick time and family leave, which we [McBrayer LLC] have summarized HERE, as they will have an enormous impact on employers.

From the HUB:

  1. Eleven of the United Ways in West Virginia have created recovery funds for local groups, and this is in addition to the work United Ways are doing to support connecting individual West Virginians to the help they need through the 2-1-1 helpline. (There are now 22 sources of local funding on Philanthropy West Virginia’s COVID-19 Relief Funds page!)
  2. Businesses, philanthropy, and others are mobilizing with funding to support people in need. This past week included a boom in funding options added to our WV Communities Resource Page for small business plus community groups and nonprofit organizations. Philanthropy WV is also updating a comprehensive list of rapid response funding sources from across the state – these serve as places to seek funds and also as options for places to donate.
  3. West Virginians are ramping up their help. The virtual, statewide community group that began on Facebook as WV Food ER 2020 has now launched a new website – Rapid Response WV (Read Our Story). West Virginians can request help and volunteer to help others through this site. 

Taking power back – 100 Days in Appalachia is seeking West Virginians who want to share their stories! Ahead of the 2020 election we are bringing together, for the first time, a group of Appalachian people of all backgrounds and walks of life that will help the rest of America better understand what is really happening here. We’re calling it the “Appalachian Advisors Network,” and our goal is to help national and international news outlets better understand what is happening in your communities. More information HERE  Check out the HUB’s Pre-Report on Community Development Innovation

Office of National Drug Control Policy

We are very excited to share that on Friday, the Administration released a new tool to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction, the Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities.  

The guide complements both the Community Assessment Tool, which gives county specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the Federal Rural Resources Guide, which includes comprehensive information about different federal funds for rural communities impacted by addiction.  The Guide also has a companion supplement, a listing of promising practices which you can find here: Rural Community Action Guide: Promising Practices.

Per Anne Hazlett, news sent on funding announcements every few weeks- to be added to that list, please email Betty-Ann Bryce