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HOME regulations require that 15 percent of HOME funds each year must be allocated to projects owned by Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO). The CHDO designation is granted to a nonprofit, community-based service organization whose staff members have the capacity to develop affordable housing for the community it serves. The CHDO designation is tied to the specific role a nonprofit organization plays in a particular project. The nonprofit is responsible for maintaining the capacity to fulfill that role throughout the affordability period of the project.

CHDOs Impact in Alabama

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For more information on requirements of a CHDO designation, please review the CHDO Training Capsule

Qualifying Criteria

A CHDO must be a nonprofit corporation with a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax-exempt ruling from the Internal Revenue Service. Please note that the following documents are provided for informational purposes only. Please obtain current forms and publications directly from the IRS.

Becoming a CHDO

2022 CHDO Certification Application

2022 CHDO Certification Application are due to AHFA by Friday, July 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. CDT.  Only 2022 Applicants with a CHDO Certification Application submitted by the deadline will be considered for the CHDO Set-Aside in the 2022 Competitive Cycle.

Annual CHDO Recertification

Recertification of the CHDO status is required for all Active CHDO Awards (projects in the Affordability Period). Recertifications will fall into one of the following two categories:

  1. Applying in Current Competitive Cycle: Organizations with previously awarded, Active projects, applying during a competitive cycle, should identify both the new project for which certification is requested, and the Active project(s) for which recertification is requested. The single application package will serve as both the application for CHDO status in the current cycle and as Recertification of CHDO status for Active projects. 
  2. Not Applying in Current Competitive Cycle: Provide documentation of material changes in the organization and/or board since the award of the project(s). Use the CHDO Certification Application Package provided above. Identify and document any changes since the award. If there are no changes, provide updated certifications to confirm the original status exists. The CHDO Recertifications for existing projects should be submitted with the Annual Owner Certification


For additional information, please contact Dondra Houlditch.