Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program

To facilitate and encourage innovative homeownership opportunities through the provision of self-help homeownership in which the homebuyer contributes a significant amount of sweat equity toward the development of the SHOP units.

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Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Community Frameworks $ 1,676,280   2017-01-262023-02-20
Housing Assistance Council $ 1,040,000   2016-06-072020-07-07
Housing Assistance Council $ 1,145,625   2017-01-262020-02-24
Habitat For Humanity International, Inc. $ 5,898,895   2017-01-202020-02-20
Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation $ 1,279,200   2017-01-262020-02-01
Habitat For Humanity International, Inc. $ 6,188,868   2016-06-072019-07-20
Community Frameworks $ 1,066,000   2016-06-072019-07-06
Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation $ 1,682,632   2016-06-072019-06-07
Habitat For Humanity International, Inc. $ 6,191,998   2014-12-232018-01-26
Habitat For Humanity International, Inc. $ 6,672,814   2012-06-222015-08-15

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 539 units. Fiscal Year 2017: FY 2017 SHOP NOFA will be published in the third quarter of FY2017. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Eligible expenses for program funds are land acquisition and infrastructure improvements, which taken together may not exceed an average of $15,000 in assistance per SHOP units.

Additionally, up to 20 percent of the grant amount may be used for related planning, administrative and management costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Funds are awarded competitively to national or regional nonprofit organizations or consortia that have capacity and experience in providing or facilitating self-help housing homeownership opportunities.

Grantees must use a significant amount of SHOP grant funds in at least two states.

Grantees may award grant funds to local non-profit affiliate organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible homebuyers are low-income families, (including individuals) who are otherwise unable to afford to purchase a dwelling, and who provide significant amounts of sweat equity towards the development of the dwellings.


Proof of nonprofit status is required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application Procedure: Applications may be submitted electronically in response to the annual publication of the SHOP NOFA in The General Section of the NOFA and SHOP NOFA detail the submission requirements.

Award Procedures

Based upon the requirements published in the NOFA, respondents are notified of acceptance or rejection.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Housing Opportunity Program Extension Act of 1996, Public Law 104-120 Section 11, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Leveraging of other public and/or private resources and volunteer labor are required to complete housing construction. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is released on an as-needed basis over a 24-month period for affiliates that develop 5 or more dwellings units, up to a 36-month period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is released on an as-needed basis.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly and annual progress reports on construction and expenditures; as well as, final close-out reports.

Quarterly and annual reports on construction and expenditure.

Quarterly and annual reports on construction and expenditure progress Grantees must monitor each consortium member and affiliate at least once during the grant term.

Quarterly and annual progress reports.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All records applicable to the program must be kept for three years following close-out.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $10,000,000; FY 17 est $10,000,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Four grants were awarded with FY 2014 & 2015 funds. They ranged from $562,500 to $6,211,368. The average grant was $1,693,342.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The SHOP statute and SHOP NOFA establish the SHOP program requirements.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Thann Young 451 7Th Street SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Phone: 202-402-4464

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are reviewed according to the rating factor requirements set forth in the SHOP NOFA.

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