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HUD Releases Guidance for Use of 2014 ACS Data in DRGR (CDBG-DR and NSP Grantees)

On July 1, 2015, the Low-Moderate Income Summary Data (LMISD) based on the 2000 Census in DRGR will be replaced with the American Community Survey 5-Year 2006-2010 Low-and Moderate-Income Summary Data (“2014 ACS Data”). HUD issued guidance for this transition on April 21, 2015: CPD Notice 15-05: Transition Policy for Low-Moderate Income Summary Data Updates During Fiscal Year 2015 for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Grantees and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP1, NSP2, and NSP3) Grantees. In summary, all CDBG-DR and NSP grantees must use the 2014 ACS data for all area benefit activities that are planned or underway as of July 1, 2015, unless the grantee can demonstrate that an activity meets the Four Part Test or Limited Exceptions and Clarifications to the Four Part Test guidance in CPD-15-05, thereby permitting the continued use of the Prior LMISD for that activity only. Grantees should refer to CPD-15-05 and consult with their CPD Representative to determine which data set is permitted for area benefit activities.

In addition, HUD has released DRGR Fact Sheet: Transition to 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) Data to show grantees how to set-up an area benefit activity in the DRGR Action Plan based on the data set that was used to meet the LMI National Objective. Grantees are encouraged to submit DRGR-related questions through the HUD Exchange Ask a Question (AAQ) portal. On Step 2 of the question submission process, select the DRGR System in the “My question is related to” dropdown, and then select the related program to which your question belongs.

Be sure to check out additional DRGR resources such as guidance, tools, and webinars available on the DRGR resource pages.

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