The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Special Needs Assistance will be offering another question and answer webinar on COVID-19 Planning for Homeless Assistance Providers. The webinar will take place on March 20, 2020 at 2:30 pm ET.
join the webinar 15 minutes before its start here.
Public Charge Alert – “[The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)] encourages all those, including aliens, with symptoms that resemble Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services. Such treatment of preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a future Public Charge analysis.”
The Department has published a guide titled “Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response.” The Department notes that “[g]rantees should coordinate with local health authorities before undertaking any activity to support state or local pandemic response.” The guide also notes that the CDBG activities may fund a range of eligible activities that prevent and respond to the spread of coronavirus.
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has published a page titled “Planning and Preparing for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).” The page provides both recommendations and further resources on preparing for potential COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreaks and their impact on people experiencing homelessness. The page will be updated regularly.
As previously mentioned on this blog, IMS-PIC will be down starting tomorrow (Friday, 3/13/2020) until the Monday after next (Monday, 3/23/2020). During this period, housing agencies are asked not to use the system so that a security-related patch may be applied. The Department is encouraging PHAs with programs with fiscal years that end prior to Dec. 31 to complete submission of their SEMAP certification prior to the system entering the shutdown phase. When the system resumes operation, the Department will publish step-by-step instructions for PHAs and Field Offices to address potential problems.
The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials has created a Coronavirus Resource Page with links to information and resources related to PHAs and the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The page can be found here or at the following web address: