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What is a CHDO?

A CHDO (pronounced cho'do) is a private nonprofit, community-based service organization whose primary purpose is to provide and develop decent, affordable housing for the community it serves. CHDOs receive certification from a Participating Jurisdiction (PJ), in this case the City of Fort Wayne, indicating that they meet certain HOME Program requirements and therefore are eligible for HOME funding.

The HOME Program definition of a CHDO is found at 24 CFR Part 92.2. This HOME Front module summarizes these requirements, and provides useful interpretation and guidance based upon the language and intent of the regulations.

Why should an organization apply for CHDO certification?

Funds are available through HOME Participating Jurisdictions exclusively for qualified, eligible CHDO projects and operating expenses.

  • If an organization becomes a certified CHDO, it is eligible to take advantage of the HOME funds set aside just for CHDOs, as well as additional special technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • CHDO set-aside funds provide equity for community-based organizations to undertake projects, build their capacity to serve a broad range of affordable housing needs, and provide guaranteed resources for affordable housing development.

Who is likely to be interested in this module?

  1. Individuals, organizations, and institutions dedicated to providing decent, safe, and sanitary housing to low- and moderate-income people;
  2. Organizations seeking additional opportunities and/or alternative funding sources to help meet their housing goals; and
  3. Local government staff, community members, and anyone who wishes to learn more about CHDOs and their certification, roles, and responsibilities.

If you feel that your organization may meet the requirements for becoming a certified CHDO, and you wish to apply for CHDO Certification from the City of Fort Wayne, please contact the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete the CHDO Certification/Application at the link below and submit to:

CD Projects Administrator
200 E. Berry Street, Suite 320
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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