Sunday, November 9, 2008

Deadline For NSP Action Plans Just Three Weeks Away

States and localities across the nation have until November 15 to publicize how they plan to use grants provided to them under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), which is authorized under Title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, H.R. 3221. You can find the draft action plans for each state here on HousingPolicy.org as they become available.

State and local governments must submit these action plan proposals to HUD by December 1st, leaving little time for revisions to be made.The $3.92 billion program is designed to help communities where home values have fallen because of foreclosed and abandoned houses. While this program could potentially revitalize neighborhoods across America, state and local governments need to act quickly in order to meet their approaching deadlines.

The Washington Post recently detailed the potential use of these funds in Virginia, Maryland, the District and other hard-hit localities. While jurisdictions in Washington, DC will receive $22 million in NSP relief, these jurisdictions face difficult decisions on how to use the funds. Officials are considering whether to buy properties and resell or rent them to low-income residents, or help people hoping to buy the houses. Jurisdictions could also buy blocks of abandoned properties, demolish the homes and then hold onto the land until housing markets improve.

Because these decisions are so timely, the Center for Housing Policy, KnowledgePlex, the Local Initiatives Support Coalition and the Urban Institute have created the Foreclosure Response project to help states and localities determine how to use these funds. Visit HousingPolicy.org for more information.

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