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Community Housing Development Organization

Federal HOME funds have a component called the Community Housing Development Organization, also known as the CHDO. At least 15 percent of HOME funds must be set aside for specific activities to be undertaken by a special type of nonprofit called a Community Housing Development Organization. 

CHDO Set-Aside Requirement 

  • A CHDO is a private, nonprofit, community-based service organization that has obtained or intends to obtain staff with the capacity to develop affordable housing for the community it serves.
  • PJs must set aside a minimum of 15 percent of their HOME allocations for housing development activities in which qualified CHDOs are the owners, developers and/or sponsors of the housing. PJs must have a reasonable expectation of specific projects going forward. 

CHDO Qualifying Criteria

A CHDO is a specific type of private nonprofit entity. CHDOs must meet certain requirements pertaining to their: 

  • Legal status;
  • Organizational structure; and
  • Capacity and experience. 

For more information about applying to be a Polk County CHDO, contact Nancy Hurley, housing compliance manager for the Polk County Housing and Neighborhood Development office at (863) 534-5244, or (863) 534-5240.

Request for applications (RFA) Program Year 2021-2022-2023

An application is now available for a local CHDO (Community Housing Development Organization) to apply for Polk County Housing & Neighborhood Development Office’s HOME funding set aside for program years 2021, 2022, and 2023. Funds are for single family new construction of affordable housing.

The application is available from the Polk County Housing & Neighborhood Development Office. To request an application packet please call (863) 534-5244 or email Nancy Hurley at the Housing and Neighborhood Development (HND) office, at Funding is CHDO set-aside funding. You must be a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) to apply.

Applications must be received at the Polk County Housing & Neighborhood Development Office, by Email : Attention, Nancy Hurley at on Friday, September 1, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. late applications will not be accepted.

Total CHDO Funding Available is $721,000.