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Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance
NCALL provides assistance to potential and existing self-help housing organizations
in twenty-one states in the mid-Atlantic, northeast, and mid-west United
States through a contract with the USDA's Rural Housing Service.
Specific services include preapplication, final application, and staff training;
program, financial and construction management training; attending review meetings;
and providing quarterly newsletters and networking opportunities.
Since receiving our first contract in 1983, we have assisted self-help housing
grantees in obtaining more than $54 million of 523 Self-Help Grants which
created over 3,500 homes for low income families.
In order to receive a Section 523 Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance Grant an organization must meet several requirements. They must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental agency with the "production of affordable housing" as one of its purposes. They must have at least five board members, the financial and administrative capacity to operate the program, and previous experience operating housing programs.
NCALL's services include technical and management assistance and training in such areas as construction scheduling, financial management, mortgage packaging and group work, management and reporting, and capacity building. NCALL reviews pre-applications, final applications, and program modifications for feasibility. Contact is made with each grantee at least monthly to discuss productivity, spending, and issues or problems needing attention. Quarterly review meetings with the grantee and Rural Development are attended. The services are free to the self-help housing grantees.
The 21 state region that is specified under our contract consist of: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.
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