FY 2011–2012 HUD Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

FY 2011–2012 HUD Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

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Market: Housing & Community Development

Start Year: 2013

Role: Prime

Client: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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To meet the challenge of OneCPD’s new approach to the way HUD provides technical assistance and capacity building, Econometrica has joined forces with a team of more than 60 cross-disciplinary community development practitioners and firms from across the country. The Econometrica Team conducts needs assessments of grantees to determine the nature and scope of technical assistance and capacity building needed; provides direct technical assistance based on results of the needs assessments; and develops tools and products to assist Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) grantees in understanding relevant CPD and federal requirements. Under OneCPD2, the team has provided needs assessments and TA to grantees in California, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania and has conducted outreach sessions and group activities throughout the country.

FY 2010 HUD Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

FY 2010 HUD Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

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The OneCPD Integrated Practitioner Assistance System (OneCPD) provides comprehensive, needs-based, and cross-program technical assistance to maximize the impact of HUD funds. HUD’s Fiscal Year 2010 Technical Assistance and Capacity Building under the Transformation Initiative Notice of Funding Availability, commonly referred to as OneCPD1, was HUD’s first attempt to integrate their multiple technical assistance awards within the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) under a single program.

To meet the challenge of OneCPD’s new approach to the way HUD provides technical assistance and capacity building, Econometrica has joined forces with a team of more than 60 cross-disciplinary community development practitioners and firms from across the country. The Econometrica Team conducts needs assessments of grantees to determine the nature and scope of technical assistance and capacity building needed; provides direct technical assistance based on results of the needs assessments; and develops tools and products to assist CPD grantees in understanding relevant CPD and federal requirements. Under OneCPD1, the team has provided needs assessments and technical assistance to grantees in California, Maryland, and North Carolina.

Analytical Support of the American Housing Survey

Analytical Support of the American Housing Survey

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Econometrica has supported HUD’s American Housing Survey (AHS) since 2002. Econometrica provides technical support to ensure AHS data quality, including conducting survey quality control, maintaining survey technical documentation, developing a bibliography of sources that use AHS data, and conducting special studies.

OneCPD Plus: HUD Technical Assistance and Capacity Building – Troubled PHAs

OneCPD Plus: HUD Technical Assistance and Capacity Building – Troubled PHAs

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OneCPD is a HUD initiative that provides technical assistance (TA) for HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) grantees. OneCPD+ was HUD’s first expansion of the OneCPD TA Cooperative Agreement system outside the CPD office and into HUD’s other offices and programs, such as the Office of Public and Indian Housing and Office of Housing. Eligible TA activities include needs assessments, direct TA and capacity-building engagements, developing and maintaining tools and products, and self-directed and group learning. Econometrica was awarded a third-straight TA grant through the OneCPD+ Notice of Funding Availability competition and was asked to provide TA to public housing agencies (PHAs) designated as in troubled status as determined by HUD. Assignments issued under this cooperative agreement include providing direct TA to six PHAs in New York State; conducting a needs assessment and providing direct TA for the Housing Authority of the City of South Bend, IN; and providing logistical support for a training series and performing actual training across the country related to the issuance of HUD’s latest Capital Fund Guidebook.

Technical Support to the Housing Authority of Maricopa County

Technical Support to the Housing Authority of Maricopa County

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Market: Housing & Community Development

Start Year: 2015

Role: Prime

Client: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Services Provided:

HUD requested that Econometrica assist the Housing Authority of Maricopa County (HAMC) with its operation of finances, customer service delivery, and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. HAMC had experienced issues with the performance of its HCV program as well as its financial management, and HUD received numerous complaints regarding the customer service and treatment from HAMC staff. Although the organization had made great strides prior to Econometrica’s work plan, we did provide some of the following assistance.

  • In the area of finance, Econometrica helped HAMC complete a voucher portability reconciliation, develop new policies and procedures, and train staff to address their challenging HCV port-in issue. In addition, we prepared a 3-year budget forecast based on HAMC’s implementation of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program and the impact on the Centralized Office Cost Center as well as develop a plan for building an HCV program reserve. Specific to the HCV program, Econometrica completed a hearing officer and RAD Project-Based Voucher training, as well as updating the agency’s Administrative Plan and developing a quality control program for the HCV tenant files.
  • In the area of customer service, Econometrica conducted an in-house survey to capture internal and external customer service needs and available resources. Developed a series of applicant and tenant customer service surveys, information sheets and protocols, as well as website upgrade recommendations. We also assisted with their policies around debt collection and interim certification policies, which led to a less customer-oriented environment at HAMC.