HUD to Host Second COVID-19 Planning and Response for Homeless Assistance Providers Q&A webinar (3/20/2020 – 2:30 pm ET)

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.

Previous webinars can be found on NAHRO’s coronavirus resources page here.

HUD to Publish List of TPVs for FY 2019

[3/18/2020 9:02 am ET Edit – The published copy of this notice can be found here.]

Earlier today, a notice titled “Announcement of Tenant Protection Voucher Funding Awards for Fiscal Year 2019 for the Housing Choice Voucher Program” was pre-published in the Federal Register. The announcement lists the tenant protection vouchers (TPVs) that were provided in FY 2019. The Department awarded a total of $118 million for 12,111 TPVs.

The full list and a pre-publication copy of the notice can be found here.

New PIH COVID-19 FAQ and other COVID-19 related guidance

Over the past few days, the following guidance has been published:

HUD’s COVID-19 page can be found here.

All of this information and additional information can be found at NAHRO’s Coronavirus page. It is accessible to non-members and members and can be found here.

HUD Publishes Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response

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 guide can be found here.

USICH Publishes “Planning and Preparing for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)” page

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.

The page can be found here.

HUD, CDC, VA, and HCH to Host COVID-19 Planning and Response Q&A

Tomorrow–March 13, 2020 from 2 pm to 3 pm ET–HUD, CDC, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council (HCH) will host an “Office Hours” session to discuss COVID-19 planning and response. Before joining the question and answer session, please review the webinar recording titled “Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners (or watch below).”

Participants do not need to register in advance, but it is strongly recommended that they join the session 15 minutes in advance of the start time (1:45 pm ET).

To join the session (at the appropriate time) click here.

IMS/PIC Down Starting Tomorrow (3/13/2020 – 3/23/2020)

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.

Questions may be directed to REAC_TAC@hud.gov.

Further updates may be found here.

The full letter explaining this process from HUD can be found here.

NAHRO Creates Coronavirus Resource Page

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:

www.nahro.org/coronavirus

The page should be accessible to non-members and members. If you’re aware of additional relevant resources, please send them to tgurjal@nahro.org.

As always, please be sure to always check the CDC’s coronavirus page and HUD’s coronavirus page also.

HUD posts Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers Webinar

[3/11/2020 – 12:59 ET Correction: This post originally incorrectly identified this webinar as the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness’s webinar. It is actually the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s webinar.]

A recording of HUD’s webinar on Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners has been posted. It can be found below.

New Material on Infectious Disease Preparedness Guidance for Homeless Assistance Providers

The HUD Exchange sent an email of links to new material from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Homeless Assistance Providers. The new materials include the following:

The email also provides a link to the CDC: Interim Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for US Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Finally, HUD notes that it has portal where individuals can ask questions about preventing or responding to the threat of infectious diseases, which can be found here.