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Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO)

The HOME program is administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Miami-Dade County, as a participating jurisdiction (PJ), receives funds under the HOME Program. HUD HOME regulations require PJs to set aside 15% of their HOME allocation for Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), and awards up to 5% of the HOME Program allocation for CHDO Operating Support to build capacity that will result in additional affordable housing units. The CHDO funds can be obtained by organizations that have a qualified project without match requirements.

Each year, all organizations requesting CDBG or HOME funds from the County must submit an application which provides information concerning the organization, its corporate and financial structure, and a specific proposal for a program or project.

Staff issues a Request for Applications (RFA) and accepts applications only once each calendar year. This is to allow staff sufficient time to review each proposal and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners, which allocates the available funds accordingly. Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) applications are submitted each year with the applicant’s RFA even if the agency is already certified since re-certification is required on a yearly-basis.

Program Design and Regulatory Citations

The Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) guidelines provide the policies and standards for the management and funding of CHDO operating funds by Miami-Dade Department of Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD).

These policies and procedures are based on HOME Program regulations (24 CFR 92.208). It is the responsibility of the CHDO to understand and ensure compliance with these policies and procedures.

It is the intent of these guidelines to create a consistent and equitable system by which CHDOs are identified and selected, and to build long-term relationships with the CHDOs.

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CHDO Defined

A Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is a private nonprofit organization that has among its purposes the provision of decent housing that is affordable to low and moderate income persons as evidenced in its charter, articles of incorporation, resolutions, or by-laws. A CHDO may apply for funding in the capacity of a Developer, Owner, or Sponsor, but only CHDOs may apply for a HUD mandated set-aside percentage of local HOME funds.

For further information refer to 24 CFR Part 92.

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In order to receive CHDO funds from the County, a local housing organization must be formally certified by the PHCD at the time of application for operating funds and CHDO eligible housing projects. In order to be certified as a CHDO, a local housing organization must:

  • Meet all of the CHDO certification requirements per 24 CFR Part 92.208 (See Exhibit A, CHDO Certification Checklist);
  • Enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that states that the CHDO intends to use HOME CHDO set-aside funds to develop units of affordable housing within 24 months of the date of the agreement that specifies the expected uses for the funds.; and
  • PHCD will provide a certification/re-certification letter to each CHDO to confirm the organization’s CHDO status upon review and approval of the documents listed below.

If the organization is not recertified, it is not eligible to receive any funds and/or services reserved for CHDOs until such time as the organization is able to prove to still meet all of the criteria necessary to obtain CHDO certification.

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Eligible Activities

A CHDO acting as owner, sponsor or developer may use the 15 percent CHDO set-aside for the following activities:

  • Acquisition and/or rehabilitation of rental or homebuyer property;
  • New construction of rental or homebuyer property; and
  • Direct financial assistance to homebuyers of HOME-assisted property developed or sponsored by the CHDO.

CHDO set-aside HOME funds must be used during the construction or rehabilitation of the property.

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Ineligible Activities

Ineligible uses of the HOME CHDO set-aside are:

  • Homeowner rehabilitation;
  • Tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA); and
  • Downpayment and/or closing cost assistance to purchasers of housing not developed
    with HOME CHDO funds.
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Circle Creek Apartments (Garden Style)

Construction of 100 affordable multi-family units.
South side of SW 260 Street, approx. 1,200 ft. West of Old South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL
Circle Creek Apartments, LTD

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Magnolia North 2145 Apartments

Demolition and reconstruction of 20 affordable multi-family units.
2145 Lincoln Avenue, Opa-locka, FL 33054
Magnolia North 2145 Apartments, LLC

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