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Office of Capital Improvements

The PIH Office of Capital Improvements administers the Capital Fund. The Capital Fund provides funds, annually, to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements. The funds may not be used for luxury improvements, direct social services, cost funded by other HUD programs, and ineligible activities as determined by HUD on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about us...


NEW! Capital Fund Certification Schedule for FY 2025

As you may know, the Department is in the process of transitioning from the IMS-PIC system. To ensure that we have accurate data to calculate the FFY 2025 Capital Fund grant awards, the annual PIC Certification process will run early this round - from March 1st through April 30, 2024. (To reiterate, we are asking PHAs to certify PIC data for FFY 2025 Capital Fund grants awards prior to the award of the FFY 2024 Capital Fund grant awards).

The “reporting date” for this round of certifications is February 29, 2024. During the certification period, PHA Executive Directors certify to the accuracy of the PHA’s inventory information in the PIC system as of the reporting date of February 29th. This process is critical to ensuring the accurate calculation of the FFY 2025 grant awards. For further information, please refer to the Step-by-Step User Guide (PDF).


Reporting Date: 2/29/2024
Certification Open: 3/1/2024
Certification Deadline: 4/30/2024

  • (NEW) PHAS High Performer List for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2024 Capital Fund Formula Grant Calculations: The Department is making preparations for calculating the Capital Fund Formula for FFY 2024.  As part of the calculation, the Department is using the PHAS designations as of 6/30/2023 to determine which PHAs will receive the High Performer bonus for the FY 2024 formula calculation.  PHAs are responsible for validating whether they are on the High Performer List that will be the basis for the formula calculation by reviewing the linked High Performer List spreadsheet (PDF).  The spreadsheet lists PHAs that are designated as High Performers. Also included in the spreadsheet are the Housing Authority Code, the Housing Authority Name, the Component Scores, and the Fiscal Year End that corresponds to the High Performer ranking.* If a PHA believes there is an error in the calculation of their current PHAS score, it must send an e-mail explaining the error to the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) at REACHPList@hud.gov no later than 3/25/2024. Without exception, if the PHA does not contact the REAC by 3/25/2024, the Office of Capital Improvements will use the High Performers in the published list in the FFY 2024 Capital Fund Formula.

    "Faircloth Limit" Unit Counts
     - Section 9(g)(3) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 ("Faircloth Amendment") limits the construction of new public housing units. The Faircloth Amendment states that the Department cannot fund the construction or operation of new public housing units with Capital or Operating Funds if the construction of those units would result in a net increase in the number of units the PHA owned, assisted or operated as of October 1, 1999. This requirement is referred to as the “Faircloth Limit.” The Faircloth Limit is adjusted for PHA transfers of ACC units, consolidations, and RAD removals.

    PHAs will not be funded for those units that exceed the Faircloth limit, and PHAs are responsible for reviewing the published Faircloth limits and notifying HUD if they believe their posted Faircloth Limit is in error. 

    To notify HUD of a possible error in the posted Faircloth Limit that may impact FFY 2024 Capital Fund grant awards, PHAs should send an email to PIHOCI@hud.gov with “Faircloth Limit Correction for…” and the PHA code in the subject line, NO LATER THAN March 25, 2024

  • FY2023 Capital Fund Processing Information

  • (NEW) Instructional webinars and materials on the Capital Fund Program 


  • Notice PIH 2016- 22 HA - Environmental Review Requirements for Public Housing Agencies 

This notice provides information and guidance regarding Public Housing Agencies’ (PHAs) compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321) and other related laws and authorities. This notice clarifies the applicability of environmental reviews under 24 CFR parts 50 and 58 to all PHA activities at project site(s) assisted or to be assisted by HUD and to the use of all HUD funds, including operating funds. This notice also reiterates the prohibition on the obligation or expenditure of any funding without environmental clearance and presents submission and processing requirements using a five-year submission period as long as there are no changes to the project scope or environmental conditions. Finally, this notice includes a Part 50 programmatic determination for administrative, management, and certain maintenance activities and for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) activities.

HUD issued a Federal Register Notice implementing the statutory exemption from environmental review (ER) found in the Economic Growth Act Section 209, citable as Section 38 to the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437 et seq.).  The statutory exemption from ER requirements applies to eligible small and rural PHAs for their development and modernization projects not exceeding $100,000.  The exemption applies to any section 9(d) Capital Fund, section 9(e) Operating Fund, or section 8(o)(13) PBV eligible work activity with a total project cost of $100,000 or less, for the aggregated project measured at the project site level.  Eligible PHAs may carry out such exempted activities without a request for an ER or determination from a Responsible Entity (RE) under Part 58 or HUD under Part 50. List of eligible Section 209 Small and Rural PHAs available on the Small Rural Assessment System website.

The Capital Fund Guidebook details the requirements contained under the Public Housing Capital Fund Program Final Rule, including but not limited to: Eligible and Ineligible Activities and Cost Limits; Decoupling of the Capital Fund from the PHA Plan Submission; Replacement Housing Factor Grants (RHF) and Demolition and Disposition Transitional Funding (DDTF); Changes in Obligation and Expenditure End Dates and Close-out Requirements; Emergency, [Non-Presidentially Declared] Natural Disaster, and Safety and Security Grant Program Requirements; Streamlined Mixed-Finance, and other Public Housing Modernization and Development Requirements; Changes to Demonstration Programs such as RAD and MTW; and Capital Fund Rule Impact on Security Interests and Financing Activities.

  • Public Housing Capital Fund Program Final Rule Publication: The Public Housing Capital Fund Program Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2013 (Docket No. 5236-F-02) and will be effective on November 25, 2013.  This new regulation combines the Capital Fund requirements for modernization and development into a single regulation.  It also updates and streamlines many of the Capital Fund and development requirements, incorporates recent energy requirements, and directs more funding toward modernization.  This rule along with a new Capital Fund guidebook, which is under development and expected to be available in the Spring, will ensure that the Capital Fund Program is more efficiently and uniformly implemented by PHAs and managed more effectively by the HUD Field Offices.  A copy of the published rule can be found here.
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HUDPIH-516391410-394(395) Last Updated 3/15/2024

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