HUD’s Office of Housing sent out the following information:
SAM.gov and the Unique Entity Identifier:
Entities already registered in System for Award Management (SAM) should have automatically received their new Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) but may also search for their UEI at SAM.gov. If a potential Supplemental Comprehensive Housing Counseling Notice of Funding Opportunity (Supplemental CHC NOFO) applicant is not currently registered in SAM and does not have a UEI, they should complete their new SAM registration as quickly as possible to ensure they have their newly assigned UEI well before the Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) publishes the Supplemental CHC. If an agency has an existing registration in SAM, it will not need to re-register to be assigned a new UEI but should renew their registration before its expiration date to ensure the agency maintains its active status.
Housing Counseling System:
Potential Supplemental CHC NOFO applicants are encouraged to ensure that their agency, and their housing counseling network, follow all program requirements in HUD’s Housing Counseling System (HCS).
- Validation of the HCS profile is required at least once every 90 days
- For ease of communication about the grant, ensure all contact information, such as current address and staff contact information
- Review and ensure the UEI and Federal Tax ID Number (TIN) is correct to ensure proper receipt of grant funds
Potential applicants of the Supplemental CHC NOFO must be registered in grants.gov to apply electronically. The registration process can take between three to five business days or longer if all steps are not completed in a timely manner. New applicants should review the grants.gov resource Registering an Organization for more information.
Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement:
Potential Supplemental CHC NOFO applicants with expiring or expired Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreements (NICRA), with HUD Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) being the cognizant agency, will need to apply for a new NICRA. Visit the Department of the Interior (DOI) Indirect Cost Services Website for information on what must be included in the NICRA proposal. Agencies are encouraged to use the Proposal Templates to facilitate proper submission and avoid any unnecessary delays. DOI will review and approve a NICRA on behalf of the OHC.
To submit a NICRA proposal, send a completed package to ICS@ibc.doi.gov and copy the agency’s HUD Point of Contact (POC). Include the term “NICRA Proposal Submission” and the name of the agency in the subject line. Upon submission of the completed package, DOI will send an email confirmation to the agency and follow up with additional requests, if necessary.
If you have any questions, please contact your HUD POC or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.