Your home, your internet ACP pilot announced
December 2, 2022The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that applications are now open for a $5 million “Your Home, Your Internet” pilot program to increase awareness of, and encourage participation in, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) by households receiving all kinds of federal housing assistance. While nonprofits cannot apply on their own for this pilot, affordable senior housing nonprofit providers are perfect partners for state and local agencies, including your local public housing agency, who might be applying as the lead applicant. Affordable senior housing providers are encouraged to reach out to their local public housing agency and/or their state broadband effort and show yourself off as a key ingredient to any successful application for this pilot. Among the long list of activities, these grants can be used for ACP application assistance, digital campaigns, outreach materials, direct mail, ACP service provider locator, and personnel / benefits. For the YHYI pilot program, the FCC will prioritize applications that target a broad geographic area and/or large number of people in the target audiences for ACP outreach and encourage participation by those in the applicant’s target community(ies) that have a low participation in the ACP, including participation by those in federal housing programs, among other factors. The grants will cover activities undertaken from March 2023 to March 2024. Applications are due Jan. 9, 2023. The pilot application is here.
LeadingAge national to host office hours on HUD CSPs
November 24, 2022The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Developments (HUD) fifth round of COVID-19 Supplemental Payments (CSPs) are currently open for request. The CSPs are available to HUD-assisted Multifamily Housing providers to cover unbudgeted COVID-19 costs at properties, including staffing, security, and cleaning costs, as well as internet installation and back-up generator installation costs. CSP eligible costs must be completed by Jan. 31, 2023 and requested for reimbursement from HUD by Feb. 21, 2023. During the current and likely last round of CSPs, HUD has allowed two extra reimbursement categories: costs related to training residents on the use of technology, and costs related to creating outdoor gathering spaces for residents to socially distance. o To answer additional questions, LeadingAge national is hosting "CSP Office Hours" on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Register here in advance. To join LeadingAge national’s weekly Housing Network calls, reach out to Linda Couch or Juliana Bilowich.