Yesterday, HUD published notice PIH 2017-26 (HA) titled “Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Provisions for the Housing Choice Voucher Program – Award of Remaining Set-Aside Funds.” The 2017 Appropriations Act provided $75 million of appropriated renewal funding for Prevention of Terminations Due to Insufficient Funding (Shortfall Funding); Unforeseen Circumstances; Portability Cost Increases; Project-based Vouchers; and HUD-VASH. While HUD originally anticipated using all $75 million for shortfall funding, HUD will now award approximately $15 million toward the portability cost increases category for initial PHAs located in a Major Disaster Declaration (MDD) area that was established between August 25, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
To be eligible for the funds, PHAs must be located in MDD areas and have experienced a significant increase in costs due to portability for tenant-based rental assistance. The Department will apply on behalf of non-operational PHAs in MDD areas that are listed as non-operational at the publication time of the notice. Other PHAs can submit requests for this additional funding through regular mail or email, but should not do both. HUD encourages applying electronically.
To apply, PHAs should fill out Attachment A of the notice and submit it to 2017Set-AsideApplications@hud.gov. The subject line should say the following: PHA Number, 2017 Portability Application.
The full notice can be found here.