On Dec. 10, HUD revised the list of eligible activities for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Administrative Fee Funds for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Congress allocated $1.25 billion in administrative fees to HUD to disburse to PHAs. The administrative fees were transferred by HUD to PHAs in two disbursements. The first disbursement occurred in May, while the second occurred in July.
The new coronavirus-related uses of the CARES Act HCV administrative fee are the following:
- Relocation of PHA staff and participating families to health units or other designated units for vaccination.
- Hiring of temporary employees to maintain program operations due to coronavirus.
- Costs related to office improvements, including improved systems for teleworking and/or rental of additional space, to ensure social distancing and other CDC recommended measures.
- One-time utility deposits to assist families in securing units.
The uses listed above are in addition to regular administrative fee uses and the older coronavirus-related uses HUD had already authorized.
The updated list of eligible uses of CARES Act HCV administrative fees can be found here.