HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) is hosting a conference call at 3:30 pm ET on Friday, April 3rd for its stakeholders. The goal of the call is for HUD staff to discuss how PHAs can best serve their residents. In attendance will be Assistant Secretary Kurtz, PIH Deputy Assistant Secretaries, and representatives from NAHRO, CLPHA, and PHADA. The call will be limited to 3,000 participants.
Step 1: Dial into the conference.
Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633
Access Code: 0861651##
If the automated recording indicates the conference is full, please use overflow information:
Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 Access Code: 0912198#
Step 2: Join the conference on your computer.
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823901
A Microsoft Outlook calendar invitation can be found here.
Earlier today, the Department sent an email indicating that they would hold the second webinar in their Landlord Participation webinar series titled “Education and Outreach Strategies for Landlord Participation.” The webinar is scheduled for April 22 at 1 pm to 2:30 pm ET.
The webinar will touch on he first published chapter of the HCV [Housing Choice Voucher] Landlord Strategy Guidebook and will feature PHAs that are implementing some of those strategies.
When published, the HCV Landlord Strategy Guidebook will be found here.
Registration for the webinar can be found here.
Here are some key points from HUD PIH’s updated FAQ. This blog post only highlights certain key points in the FAQ; the complete FAQ should be read.
- Questions can be sent to PIH-COVID@hud.gov;
- Coronavirus eligible activities –
- Eligible uses of Operating and Capital Funds (until Dec. 31, 2020):
- Staff labor hours for emergency planning and response;
- Personal protective equipment (PPE);
- Cleaning supplies such as disinfectants and sanitizers;
- Contracted services for cleaning;
- Transportation of staff to perform essential functions and assist residents;
- Capital expenditures designed to improve the safety of residents such as improved ventilation systems and high-grade filters, portable air filtration equipment, and portable humidifiers;
- Necessary equipment to protect people engaged in modernization activities;
- Public health training;
- IT equipment and upgrades; and
- Sanitation equipment for common areas;
- Eligible uses for administrative fees and administrative fee reserves:
- HCV and PBV staff labor hours for planning and response;
- Personal protective equipment (PPE);
- Cleaning supplies for the office such as disinfectants, sanitizers, etc.;
- Costs to transport staff to perform essential functions;
- Costs to upgrade equipment or technology to facilitate electronic communication and reduce reliance on in-person meetings and transactions;
- Eviction moratorium –
- New COVID-19 legislation includes a 120 day moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent (including fees and penalties);
- HUD will issue additional guidance;
- Inspections –
- REAC is postponing property inspections for PIH and Multifamily properties, unless there is an exigent circumstance or reasonable belief of a threat to life or property;
- HQS –
- HUD is considering alternative guidance or waivers based on flexibilities in recent COVID-19 legislation;
- Currently, PHAs may utilize the following flexibilities:
- Move to biennial inspections (PIH 2016-05);
- Move to triennial inspections if a small, rural PHA (Notice FR-6115-N-02);
- Accept alternative inspections for periodic inspections (PIH 2016-05) and accept alternative methods for validating the correction of a deficiency (e.g., photo or owner certification);
- Allow families to move into units that fail HQS, if failure was non-life threatening (PIH 2017-20);
- Adopt Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) Alternative Inspection provision allowing families to move in before an HQS provision as been completed, if the unit has passed an acceptable alternative inspection;
- Amending Admin. plan requirements
- HUD is considering waiving the requirements to amend a PHA’s Admin plan;
- Portability –
- PHAs should continue to process incoming and outgoing ports similarly to how they are processing other operational issues;
- HUD is not considering a portability waiver;
- Waiver Requests –
- PHAs should not submit waiver requests until new guidance is issued;
- Stimulus Payments –
- Stimulus payments directly to individuals and families are to be excluded from income “as they are temporary, non-recurring payments”;
- Required public meetings must still be held, but if there’s an active emergency may be held remotely or online provided PHAs can accept questions and post answers;
- Shelter-in-place orders –
- PHAs should use alternate methods to collect information for new admissions and interim reexaminations for reduced wages or hardship exemptions. Alternate methods include email, mail, and phone.
Tomorrow, April 1, HUD will announce certain FY 19 funding awards in the Federal Register. Awards include Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) renewal grants, Lead Hazard Reduction Grants, Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants among others.
Recipients of these awards can be located in the appendix of HUD’s announcement.
The Department’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) has posted an updated Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQ) for PHAs on PIH’s COVID-19 Resources page. It is also linked to in NAHRO’s coronavirus page.
The updated FAQ (dated 3/30/2020) can be found here.