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Feedback on NSP Marketing Efforts
HUD is interested in getting feedback on NSP marketing efforts. We are looking for comments and feedback on what marketing success you have had, any challenges you may be having, and what types of properties you are marketing. We also welcome any marketing documents you may have as examples that can be featured on the NSP Resource Exchange market documents slideshow.  Please email your feedback/comments and marketing documents to The NSP Team will award a prize to the best marketing graphic submitted.

Q2 2012 NSP Production Reports Now Available
Q2 2012 NSP Production Reports are now available on the NSP Resource Exchange. Reports for NSP1, NSP2, and NSP3 are available. The NSP Production Reports contain cumulative data on units assisted with NSP funds. An NSP grantee reports on the accomplishment of an activity when it meets an End Use, such as providing down payment assistance to an eligible household, demolishing a blighted property, or acquiring and rehabbing a foreclosed property and selling it to an eligible owner occupant. These reports include three Summary Reports of aggregated data for all NSP1, NSP2, and NSP3 grantees, as well as individual state reports for the NSP1 and NSP3 programs. The NSP2 Summary Report does not include State and Local Government data, as NSP2 funding was awarded through a competitive process that includes non-profit organizations. It should also be noted that where the data indicate State vs. Local Government, State refers to the state grantees while Local Government refers to the municipal and urban county grantees. View an introduction to the Q2 2012 NSP Production Reports.

NSP1, NSP2, and NSP3 Commitment and Drawdown Data Report
Cumulative commitments and drawdowns for NSP1, NSP2, and NSP3 grantees as of October 22, 2012 are available on the NSP Resource Exchange. This data is updated weekly. View the data.


NSP Multifamily Housing Rehab Project Specifications and Checklists
This component of the Multifamily Rental Toolkit is intended for NSP grantees and their partners seeking a customizable library of green and energy efficient building practices. The specifications are intended to be edited for each NSP projects' scope of work and incorporated into construction documents for multifamily projects. Two complementary tools: a Designer Checklist and a Contractor Checklist, provide a quick summary of the major specification categories. These tools can be used by teams to ensure that all specified green measures have been successfully incorporated into the project. This three-document set includes both mandatory measures (required by the NSP program) and best-practice recommended measures for achieving high performance multifamily dwellings. View the Specification Template. View the Designer Checklist and the Contractor Checklist

Overview of ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Version 3 
The ENERGY STAR for New Homes Certification is an opportunity to improve the quality of your community's housing stock by achieving energy efficiency through established building technologies and to provide long term cost saving benefits to future homeowners and renters. Features of ENERGY STAR New Homes include: up to 20% savings on utility bills; increased comfort and consistent indoor temperatures; enhanced indoor air quality with reduced dust, pollen and bugs; increased durability; and water protection. This guide is designed to provide NSP Grantees with an introduction to ENERGY STAR for New Homes with a focus on selecting a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater, critical program steps and key construction phase considerations. View the resource.

DRGR Knowledgebase FAQs
This document contains the DRGR Knowledge Base FAQs posted on the Community Connections website. The FAQs are organized by module and include step-by-step instructions to many of the more complicated DRGR functions. View all FAQs, or view FAQs by module. View the resource.

Guidance for Reporting Projected and Actual NSP Grantee Accomplishments in DRGR 
This guide walks NSP grantees through the five steps needed to enter accomplishment data in DRGR. The first four steps involve establishing projections for each DRGR Activity and the fifth step outlines how to enter actual accomplishment data. Accurate reporting on accomplishments allows HUD and other governmental entities to ensure the projects and activities carried out under NSP are consistent and in compliance with the purpose and legislative intent of the grant. Informally, accomplishments convey each community's unique story in its endeavor to redevelop neighborhoods hardest hit by the mortgage foreclosure crisis. View the resource.

NSP Open Forum Q&A Session with HUD Staff Webinar Recording and Transcript - September 25, 2012 
This webinar is intended for NSP grantees and partners to answer questions and solve NSP problems through discussion with HUD staff and peers. This webinar is one in a series of webinars and open forum question and answer sessions that give NSP grantees and all NSP affiliates the opportunity to ask the questions they have about affordable rents, income eligibility, eligible uses, other federal requirements, and other issues that have arisen. View the resources at the NSP Learning Center.


Using the Income Calculator to Determine Annual Income Webinar
October 30, 2012 2-4 p.m. EDT Online
Using the Income Calculator for Rental and TBRA Programs Webinar
November 6, 2012 2-4 p.m. EST Online
Open Forum Q&A Session with HUD Staff Webinar
November 15, 2012 2-4 p.m. EST Online

View the NSP Resource Exchange events calendar for more webinars and events happening in a community near you.

Davis Landing Apartment Complex in Palm Beach County, FL

NSP Project - Davis Landing Apartments - Palm Beach County, FL This NSP2 project consists of 25 affordable rental housing units. The project received certification by the Florida Green Building Commission and the units include energy-efficient HVAC and water heaters, and Energy Star appliances.

Photo courtesy of: Palm Beach County Department of Economic Sustainability




Youthbuild celebrating campus consolidation
October 9, 2012 –
Louisville, KY – Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood just became a bit brighter. NSP1 grantee Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government has constructed a “green campus” education building for nonprofit Youthbuild Louisville.

Berlin fixes or demolishes blighted homes
October 11, 2012 –
Berlin, NH – Berlin’s blight abatement program has been galvanized by a $4.3 million NSP grant. With help from its federal partners, the City of Berlin is making large strides toward stabilizing the local real estate market.

Federal funds transform foreclosed Flint home
October 12, 2012 – 
Flint, MI – Locals celebrates as the Genesee County Land Bank completes its NSP construction work with a blue craftsman in Flint’s Fairfield Village neighborhood.


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