Assisted Living Conversion for Eligible Multifamily Housing Projects

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To provide private nonprofit owners of eligible developments designed for the elderly with a grant to allow the conversion of some or all of the dwelling units in the project into Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) serving frail elderly, as defined in Section 232(B)(6) of the National Housing Act.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Assisted living facilities (ALFs) are designed to accommodate frail elderly and people with disabilities who can live independently but need assistance with activities of daily living (e.g., assistance with eating, bathing, grooming, dressing and home management activities.) ALFs must provide support services such as personal care, transportation, meals, housekeeping, and laundry. Typical funding will cover basic physical conversion of existing project units, common and services space. The ALCP provides funding for the physical costs of converting some or all of the units of an eligible development into an ALF, including the unit configuration, common and services space and any necessary remodeling, consistent with HUD or the State's statute/regulations (whichever is more stringent). There must be sufficient community space to accommodate a central kitchen or dining facility, lounges, recreation and other multiple-areas available to all residents of the project, or office/staff spaces in the ALF. Funding for the supportive services must be provided by the owners either directly or through a third party.

Who is eligible to apply...

Only private nonprofit owners of eligible multifamily assisted housing developments specified in Section 683(2) (B), (C), (D), (E), and (F) (Section 202 projects for the elderly, Rural Housing Section 515 projects receiving Section 8 rental assistance, projects receiving project-based rental assistance under Section 8, projects financed by a below-market interest rate loan or mortgage insured under Section 221(d)(3) of the Housing Act, or housing financed under Section 236 of the National Housing Act) that have been in occupancy for at least five years are eligible for funding. To be eligible, owners must meet the following criteria: (1) Must be in compliance with your Loan Agreement, Capital Advance Agreement, Regulatory Agreement, Housing Assistance Payment Contract, Project Rental Assistance Contract, Rent Supplement or LMSA Contract, or any other HUD grant or contract document; (2) Must be in compliance with all fair housing and civil rights laws, statutes, regulations, and executive orders a enumerated in 24 CFR 5.105(a). In addition to the above, private nonprofit owners of unused or under utilized commercial structures may also be eligible to apply.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

ALF facility must be licensed and regulated by the State (or if there is no State law providing such licensing and regulation, by the municipality or other subdivision in which the facility is located). The application must include a firm commitment for the supportive services to be offered at the ALF as part of the application. Applicants are provided all other necessary information to apply for the grants in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Applicants should ensure that their application is complete before submitting it to HUD. Applications must be submitted in accordance with requirements of the NOFA published in the Federal Register. All applications received by the deadline will be screened for curable deficiencies. After the completeness review, HUD's Hub staff will review the applications to determine whether the application meets the threshold requirements. Only if applications meet all of the threshold requirements are they eligible to be rated and ranked. Applications submitted in response to the NOFA that are eligible, pass threshold and have the minimum score, as stated in the NOFA(or more) are eligible for ranking and selection. Applications for commercial properties will not be ranked but will be submitted to Headquarters for selection on a first-come, first- served basis.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

HUD Hub staff teams, in each of the 18 Hub Offices, will review each application that it determines meets the requirements of the NOFA. At the end of the technical review, all applications will be either rated or technically rejected. If an application meets all program eligibility requirements after completion of the technical review, it will be rated according to the rating selection factors. The number of points that an application receives will depend on the extent to which the application is responsive to the information requested in the selection criteria. The maximum number of points an application may receive under this program is 100. After all application ratings have been finalized, they will be placed in rank order within that Hub. From this rank order, Hub staff teams in each of the 18 Hubs will select the highest ranking applications that can be funded from the dollars available within that Hub. After making the initial selections, however, the Hub may use any residual funds to select the next rank-ordered application by reducing the dollars requested by no more than 10 percent and reducing the number of units proposed, but in no case reducing the number of units below the financial threshold feasibility of five ALF units. Funds remaining after these processes are completed will be returned to HUD Headquarters. HUD will use these funds to restore units to any project reduced as a result of using the residual grant funds in a Hub. Secondly, HUD will use these funds for selecting additional applications based on the Hub ratings and rankings, beginning with the highest rated application within the 18 Hubs. Only one application will be selected per Hub from the national residual amount. If there are no approvable applications in other Hubs, the process will begin again with the selection of the next highest rated application within the remaining Hubs. This process will continue until all approvable applications are selected using the available remaining funds. If there is a tie between two or more applications, and there are insufficient residual funds to cover all tied applications, HUD Headquarters staff will choose the winning application(s) by lottery and/or reduction of grant request consistent with the reduction method described above.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


Deadlines are specified in the NOFA. The application deadline is firm as to date and hour. In the interest of fairness to all competing applicants, the Department will treat as ineligible for consideration any application that is received after the deadline. Applicants should take this practice into account and make early submission of their materials to avoid risk of loss of eligibility brought about by any unanticipated or delivery-related problems. A FAX is not acceptable.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

A processing schedule is developed for each funding round.

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants must have contacted the State licensing agency for such a project to determine if the proposed project will meet state licensing requirements. A Supportive Services Plan (SSP) for the services and coordination of the supportive services which will be offered in the ALF must be developed and submitted to the appropriate State or local organization. Applicants must comply with all applicable statutory requirements and statutory requirements under Section 232(b)(6) prior to application submission. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.


An applicant will have fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of HUD's written notice to appeal a technical rejection to the Multifamily Hub where the applications were sent originally. HUD will make a determination on an appeal before finalizing selection recommendations.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).



Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Eligible residents who meet the admissions/discharge requirements as established for assisted living by State and local licensing, or HUD frailty requirements under 24 CFR891.205 if more stringent. The residents must be able to live independently but may need assistance with activities of daily living (e.g., assistance with eating, bathing, grooming, dressing and home management activities).

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 2003 funded applications range from $408,850 to $3,540,574 with an average of $1,708,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


Reported under program 14.157.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...


About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

Funded 444 units in FY 2001; 761 units in FY 2002; and 178 units in FY 2003.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Criteria for selecting proposals are in the NOFA.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no matching requirements. However, owners are required to find the supportive services through other funding sources.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Any change in the owner during the period of the capital advance must be approved by HUD. Financial and performance reports as specified in the ALCP Grant Agreement.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


HUD reserves the right to audit the accounts of the owner in order to determine compliance and conformance with HUD regulations and standards.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Regular financial reports are required. Owners must service and maintain records in accordance with acceptable HUD and State requirements and regulations.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



HUD Reform Act of 1989, Public Law 101-235, 42 U.S.C. 3545 and Section 202b of the Housing Act of 1959, as amended.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Section 202(b) of the Housing Act of 1959, Assisted Living Conversion Program Notice of Funding Availability published April 25, 2003.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Persons are encouraged to communicate with the nearest local HUD Multifamily Hubs and Program Centers listed at or at the Additional Contact Information - FMR Help.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Office of Grant Policy and Management, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Room 6138, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 204l0. Telephone: (202) 708-3000.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: