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year. Not more than 30 per centum of the grants may be for multiyear awards.
(3) From the pool of eligible neighborhood development organizations submitting applications for participation in a given program year, the Secretary shall select participating organizations in an appropriate number through a competitive selection process. To be selected, an applicant shall—
(A) have demonstrated measurable achievements in one or more of the activities specified in subsection (a)(1);
(B) specify a business plan for accomplishing one or more of the activities specified in subsection (a)(1); and
(C) specify a strategy for achieving greater long term private sector support.
(c) The Secretary shall award grants under this section among the eligible neighborhood development organizations submitting applications for such grants on the basis of—
(1) the degree of economic distress of the neighborhood involved;
(2) the extent to which the proposed activities will benefit persons of low and moderate income;
(3) the extent of neighborhood participation in the proposed activities, as indicated by the proportion of the households and businesses in the neighborhood involved that are members of the eligible neighborhood development organization involved; and
(4) the extent of voluntary contributions available for the purpose of subsection (e)(4), except that the Secretary shall waive the requirement of this subparagraph in the case of an application submitted by a small eligible neighborhood development organization, an application involving activities in a very low-income neighborhood, or an application that is especially meritorious.
(d) The Secretary shall consult with an informal working group representative of eligible neighborhood organizations with respect to the implementation and evaluation of the program established in this section.
(e)(1) The Secretary shall assign each participating organization a defined program year, during which time voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses, and nonprofit or other organizations in the neighborhood shall be eligible for matching.
(2) Subject to paragraph (3), at the end of each three-month period occurring during the program year, the Secretary shall pay to each participating neighborhood development organization the product of
(A) the aggregate amount of voluntary contributions that such organization certifies to the satisfaction of the Secretary it received during such three-month period; and
(B) the matching ratio established for such test neighborhoods under paragraph (4).
(3) The Secretary shall pay not more than $50,000 under this Act to any participating neighborhood development organization during a single program year.
(4) For purposes of paragraph (2), the Secretary shall, for each participating organization, determine an appropriate ratio by
which monetary contributions made to participating neighborhood development organizations will be matched by Federal funds. The highest such ratios shall be established for neighborhoods having the smallest number of households or the greatest degree of economic distress.
(5) The Secretary shall insure that
(A) grants and other forms of assistance may be made available under this section only if the application contains a certification by the unit of general local government within which the neighborhood to be assisted is located that such assistance is not inconsistent with the housing and community development plans of such unit, except that the failure of a unit of general local government to respond to a request for a certification within thirty days after the request is made shall be deemed to be a certification; and
(B) eligible neighborhood development activities comply with all applicable provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (6) To carry out this section, the Secretary
(A) may issue regulations as necessary;
(B) shall utilize, to the fullest extent practicable, relevant research previously conducted by Federal agencies, State and local governments, and private organizations and persons;
(C) shall disseminate information about the kinds of activities, forms of organizations, and fund-raising mechanisms associated with successful programs;
(D) shall undertake any other activity the Secretary deems necessary to carry out this section, which shall include an evaluation and report to Congress on the demonstration and may include the performance of research, planning, and administration, either directly, or when in the Secretary's judgement such activity will be carried out more effectively, more rapidly, or at less cost, by contract or grant; and
(E) may use not more than 5 per centum of the funds appropriated for administrative or other expenses in connection with the demonstration.
(f) The Secretary shall submit to the Congress
(1) not later than three months after the end of each fiscal year in which payments are made under this section, an interim report containing a summary of the activities carried out under this section during such fiscal year and any preliminary findings or conclusions drawn from the demonstration program; and
(2) not later than March 15 of the year after the end of the last fiscal year in which such payments are made, a final report containing a summary of all activities carried out under this section, the evaluation required in subsection (e)(6)(D) and any findings, conclusions, or recommendations for legislation drawn from the demonstration program.
(g) For purposes of carrying out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated not to exceed $2,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1984 and 1985.
Approved November 30, 1983.
PART II-ASSISTED HOUSING
EXCERPT FROM HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1974
[Public Law 93-383; 88 Stat. 633; 42 U.S.C. 1439]
LOCAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE PLANS; ALLOCATION OF HOUSING FUNDS
SEC. 213. (a)(1) The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, upon receiving an application for housing assistance under the United States Housing Act of 1937, section 235 or 236 of the National Housing Act, section 101 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965, or section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959, if the unit of general local government in which the proposed assistance is to be provided has an approved housing assistance plan, shall
(A) not later than ten days after receipt of the application, notify the chief executive officer of such unit of general local government that such application is under consideration; and
(B) afford such unit of general local government, the opportunity, during the thirty-day period beginning on the date of such notification, to object to the approval of the application on the grounds that the application is inconsistent with its housing assistance plan.
Upon receiving an application for such housing assistance, the Secretary shall assure that funds made available under this section shall be utilized to the maximum extent practicable to meet the needs and goals identified in the unit of local government's housing assistance plan.
(2) If the unit of general local government objects to the application on the grounds that it is inconsistent with its housing assistance plan, the Secretary may not approve the application unless he determines that the application is consistent with such housing assistant plan. If the Secretary determines, that such application is consistent with the housing assistance plan, he shall notify the chief executive officer of the unit of general local government of his determination and the reasons therefor in writing. If the Secretary concurs with the objection of the unit of local government, he shall notify the applicant stating the reason therefor in writing.
(3) If the Secretary does not receive an objection by the close of the period referred to in paragraph (1)(B), he may approve the application unless he finds it inconsistent with the housing assistance plan. If the Secretary determines that an application is inconsistent with a housing assistance plan, he shall notify the applicant stating the reasons therefor in writing.
(4) The Secretary shall make the determinations referred to in paragraphs (2) and (3) within thirty days after he receives an objection pursuant to paragraph (1)(B) or within thirty days after the
close of the period referred to in paragraph (1)(B), whichever is earlier.
(5) As used in this section, the term "housing assistance plan" means a housing assistance plan submitted and approved under section 104 of this Act or, in the case of a unit of general local government not participating under title I of this Act, a housing plan approved by the Secretary as meeting the requirements of this section.
(b) The provisions of subsection (a) shall not apply to
(1) applications for assistance involving 12 or fewer units in a single project or development;
(2) applications for assistance with respect to housing in new community developments approved under title IV of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 or title VII of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 which the Secretary determines are necessary to meet the housing requirements under such title; or
(3) applications for assistance with respect to housing financed by loans or loan guarantees from a State or agency thereof, except that the provisions of subsection (a) shall apply where the unit of general local government in which the assistance is to be provided objects in its housing assistance plan to the exemption provided by this paragraph.
(c) For areas in which an approved local housing assistance plan is not applicable, the Secretary shall not approve an application for housing assistance unless he determines that there is a need for such assistance, taking into consideration any applicable State housing plans, and that there is or will be available in the area public facilities and services adequate to serve the housing proposed to be assisted. The Secretary shall afford the unit of general local government in which the assistance is to be provided an opportunity, during a 30-day period following receipt of an application by him, to provide comments or information relevant to the determination required to be made by the Secretary under this subsection.
(d)(1) The Secretary shall allocate assistance referred to in subsection (a) (other than assistance approved in appropriation Acts for use under sections 9, 14, and 17 of the United States Housing Act of 1937) the first time it is available for reservation on the basis of a formula which is contained in a regulation prescribed by the Secretary, and which is based on the relative needs of different States, areas, and communities as reflected in data as to population, poverty, housing overcrowding, housing vacancies, amount of substandard housing, and other objectively measurable conditions specified in such regulation. Any amounts allocated to a State or areas or communities within a State which are not likely to be utilized within a fiscal year shall not be reallocated for use in another State unless the Secretary determines that other areas or communities within the same Štate cannot utilize the amounts within that same fiscal year.
(2) Not later than sixty days after approval in an appropriation Act, the Secretary shall allocate from the amounts available for use in nonmetropolitan areas an amount of authority for assistance under section 8(d) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 deter
mined in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture for use in connection with section 533 of the Housing Act of 1949 during the fiscal year for which such authority is approved. The amount of assistance allocated to nonmetropolitan areas pursuant to this section in any fiscal year shall not be less than 20 nor more than 25 per centum of the total amount of such assistance.
(3) The Secretary may reserve such housing assistance funds as he deems appropriate for use by a State or agency thereof.
(4) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, with respect to fiscal years beginning after September 30, 1981, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may not retain more than 15 per centum of the financial assistance which becomes available under programs described in subsection (a)(1) during any fiscal year. Any such financial assistance which is retained shall be available for subsequent allocation to specific areas and communities, and may only be used for
(A) unforeseeable housing needs, especially those brought on by natural disasters or special relocation requirements;
(B) support for the needs of the handicapped or for minority enterprise;
(C) providing for assisted housing as a result of the settlement of litigation;
(D) small research and demonstration projects;
(E) lower-income housing needs described in housing assistance plans, including activities carried out under areawide housing opportunity plans; and
(F) innovative housing programs or alternative methods for meeting lower-income housing needs approved by the Secretary, including assistance for infrastructure in connection with the Indian Housing Program.
Approved August 22, 1974.