Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

Community Compass is HUD?s integrated technical assistance and capacity building initiative.

Community Compass is designed to help HUD?s customers navigate complex housing and community development challenges by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, tools, capacity, and systems to implement

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HUD programs and policies successfully and be more effective stewards of HUD funding.

The goal of Community Compass is to empower communities by providing effective technical assistance and capacity building so that successful program implementation is sustained over the long term.
Recognizing that HUD?s customers often interact with a variety of HUD programs as they deliver housing or community development services, Community Compass brings together technical assistance investments from across HUD program offices, including the offices of Community Planning and Development, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Housing, and Public and Indian Housing.

This cross-funding approach allows technical assistance to address the needs of grantees and subgrantees across multiple HUD programs, often within the same engagement, as well as address cross-agency issues.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Icf Incorporated, L.l.c. $ 1,332,361   2015-01-262019-09-29
Lockheed Martin Services, Llc $ 174,559   2010-09-222011-09-29
Partnership Center Ltd $ 275,000   
Icf Incorporated, L.l.c. $ 500,000   
Abt Associates Inc. $ 725,000   
Corporation For Supportive Housing $ 1,100,000   
Center For Common Concerns, Inc., The $ 2,400,000   
Icf Incorporated, L.l.c. $ 818,524   2012-03-22
Lockheed Martin Services, Llc $ 2,366,087   2010-09-30
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

All successful applicants must operate within the structure of the ?demand-response system?.

Under the demand-response system, HUD identifies technical assistance and capacity building needs and prioritizes them based on Departmental, programmatic and jurisdictional priorities.

HUD is solely responsible for determining the entities to be assisted, the location, and the nature of the assistance to be provided.

Successful applicants may be funded to conduct the following eligible activities: Needs Assessment; Direct TA and Capacity Building Engagements; Tools and Products; Self-Directed and Group Learning; Knowledge Management; Data Analysis, Reporting, and Performance Measurement; and NAHASDA Allocation Formula Administration and Negotiated Rulemaking and Consultation.

These activities are further described in the Program Notice of Funding Availability.

Funds may only be used to assist organizations to improve their ability to manage HUD funds.

Funds may not be used to assist individuals or families.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Awardees tasked to provide technical assistance to PHAs must have at least one staff, subcontractor, or consultant that has at least five years of demonstrated Public Housing programs experience, including agency operations, voucher programs, property management operations, and capital investment programs including capital improvements and various methods of housing development.

In addition, awardees tasked to provide technical assistance to PHAs must have at least one staff, subcontractor, or consultant that has at least two years of demonstrated finance and underwriting experience related to RAD conversions. Funds may only be used to assist organizations to improve their ability to manage HUD funds.

Funds may not be used to assist individuals or families.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Selected providers will be deployed as HUD deems most necessary across the country to assist organizations receiving HUD funds to improve performance and management of HUD funds.


No Credentials or documentation are 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. All applicants are required to submit a one-page application summary cover page with the application. The requested funding amount should be based on the number of available staff, the range and quality of their skills and knowledge, and the ability of the applicant to manage these resources to successfully execute multiple TA or capacity building engagements involving several covered programs simultaneously over a three-year period and indicate if the organization is a small business.

Award Procedures

In determining the amount awarded to a successful applicant, HUD will take into consideration the amount of funds available, the final score assigned to the application by HUD reviewers, and HUD's overall technical assistance needs, including establishing a range of subject matter expertise and geographic coverage, as well as an applicant?s capacity to serve HUD's customers across multiple programs or topics. For prior awardees, HUD may consider information from a Contracting Officer, GTR, GTM, POTAC, and/or other HUD staff, as appropriate, on past performance, as well as award balances not committed to TA tasks or work plans. These considerations may reduce an applicant's award. There may be insufficient funds available to make an award to every application scoring within the fundable range. HUD will send written notifications to both successful and unsuccessful applicants. A notification sent to a successful applicant is not an authorization to begin performance. Upon notification that an applicant has been selected for award, HUD will request additional information to be submitted or may work with the applicant to amend information that was already submitted as part of the application.


Jul 24, 2017 to Sep 07, 2016 Applications submitted through must be received by no later than 11:59:59 pm eastern time on the application deadline date.


This program is authorized under: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31), approved May 5, 2017), the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4111 et seq.), Section 6(j)(3) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S. C. 1437d(j)(3)) and Section 17 and 18 of the Annual Contributions Contract (HUD 53012A 7/95), McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 11361b and 42 USC 11408.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Initial awards are for a three-year period and do not require continuation or renewal applications. Annual applications are required for new funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards will be for a period of up to 36 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: After selection for funding, but prior to award, applicants must submit financial and administrative information to comply with the cooperative agreement provisions. The requirements at 2CFR part 200 govern the selection of applicants and all awards executed pursuant to this NOFA, including commercial/for-profit entities. Prior to award execution, applicants must submit a certification from an Independent Public Accountant or the cognizant government auditor, stating that the applicant?s financial management system meets prescribed standards for fund control and accountability.

Post Assistance Requirements


Awardees will be required to report to the GTM and GTR no less often than quarterly unless otherwise specified in the cooperative agreement.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Monthly status reports for invoices and quarterly reports are required.

Detailed budget and expense reports are required consistent with established work plans.

The GTR and GTM review work plan and work plan amendments, as well as invoices and accompanying activity reports.

GTRs and/or GTMs review products/training materials and training evaluations.


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.


Records which enable HUD to determine whether the grantee has met the requirements for the program and cooperative agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $58,000,000; FY 17 est $56,000,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The Range is between $250,000 and $20,000,000. The applicant awarded funding for Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant Program TA may receive less than the minimum award amount. The maximum award amount is an estimate based on the amount of funding available and the expected number of awards.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

FY2016Appropriations Act.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Contact appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Stephanie Stone 451 Seventh Street SW Room 7218, Washington, District of Columbia 20147 Email: Phone: (202) 708-3176 Fax: 202 619-5979

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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