Yesterday, HUD released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for $20 million of competitive funding for Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers. These vouchers are for youth aging out of foster care. The appropriations acts of 2020 and 2021 each contained $10 million in competitive FUP funding for youths aging out of foster care. This notice would distribute the competitive FUP allocations for youth aging out of foster care for both of those years. The Department expects to make approximately 40 awards from the funds. No award will be for less than 3 vouchers, while the maximum award will vary depending on the size of the PHA’s program (25 vouchers for programs with fewer than 500 vouchers; 50 vouchers for programs between and including 500 and 1.999 vouchers; and 75 vouchers for programs with 2,000 or more vouchers). The application deadline is March 22, 2021.
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.
In an email sent earlier today, HUD extended the deadline to apply for receiving CARES Act HAP Funding for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program for significant increases in per unit cost (PUC) due to extraordinary circumstances. The deadline has been extended to March 31, 2021 or until all funds have been depleted (currently, $50 million remain).
On October 23, HUD published a notice titled “Implementation of Section 209(b) of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (Economic Growth Act)” (PIH 2020-30). This notice implements an energy savings program for small, rural PHAs that was created by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (Economic Growth Act). The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials submitted comments on implementing section 209(b). Our comments stated that this program should be distinct from Energy Performance Contracting, that the program should be easy to apply to and to administer, and that PHAs should have flexibility in how they use the savings. We are pleased that HUD closely followed many of NAHRO’s suggestions. The program—called the Small Rural Frozen Rolling Base (SR-FRB)–would allow eligible PHAs to freeze the cost of their energy consumption levels, improve their energy efficiency, and use any cost savings for any eligible public housing purpose at the PHA’s discretion. This program differs from Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) in that it is much easier to apply to and administer.
Earlier today, HUD published a notice titled “Foster Youth to Independence Initiative” (PIH 2020-28). This notice discusses how any PHA which meets certain eligibility requirements (including those agencies that already have a Family Unification Program) may apply for additional Family Unification Program vouchers for youth aging out of foster care. This supply of vouchers is funded through a $10 million set-aside in the 2020 appropriations act.
NAHRO members will receive additional information on this notice.
If a PHA has previously submitted applications for calendar year (CY) 2020 HAP renewal set-aside funding under the “Unforeseen Circumstances” category due to PUC increases caused by COVID-19, the PHA must resubmit according to instructions in this new notice. For those who submitted under the “Unforeseen Circumstances” category for other reasons, they are not required to resubmit, but may do so if their PUC has further increased because of COVID-19.
Public Housing Agencies must meet certain requirements to access this funding. First, applications must be submitted by Oct. 31, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by HUD on a rolling basis. Second, to be eligible, a PHA must have a PUC that is 102 percent or greater than the PUC HUD used to determine the PHA’s CY 2020 renewal funding. The PHA must also meet the submission requirements detailed in the notice.
The PHA will also receive a priority status. If the PHA’s HAP reserves contain an amount that is less than the amount needed to cover 3 months of HAP expenses, the PHA will qualify for priority status. Public housing agencies qualifying for priority status will receive funding shortly after their application is processed, subject to funding availability. Those agencies that receive regular priority will receive notification that their application has been approved, but funding will not be made until November.
PUC > than 102%
HAP Reserve < 3 months
Eligible for Immediate funding
To be funded in Nov. 2020
Ineligible for Funding
To be eligible for funding, a PHA must submit a completed Appendix B in the notice to 2020COVIDHCV@hud.gov.
These funds may not be rolled into restricted net position (RNP) and must be tracked and accounted for separately through the period of availability.
In an email sent earlier today, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) announced that it will hold a call to discuss CARES Act reporting requirements and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) eviction notice order. The call will occur at 2 pm ET on Sept. 15, 2020. Information on the call can be found below.
Step 1: Dial into the conference. Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694 Access Code: 3278449## Need an international dial-in number? If the automated recording indicates the conference is full, please use overflow information: Dial in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694 Access Code: 5358782#
Allows any PHA with a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program to apply for new Mainstream vouchers;
Provides Mainstream-voucher-specific waivers; and
Modifies the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) renewal formula for Mainstream vouchers.
The deadline for applying for new voucher funding is Dec. 31, 2020. The additional flexibilities offered in this notice may be used until Dec. 31, 2020. Additional information on the new notice can be found below.
The Department will hold a webinar discussing how organizations can ensure that tenants are able to access their stimulus payments. According to an email sent by the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH), “[t]he CARES Act . . . includes stimulus payments to help families deal with the economic impacts from the COVID-19 crisis.” The email also states that “Americans risk missing out on the stimulus payments provided through the recent CARES Act . . . [and] [i]n order to receive the stimulus payment they must file a form by October 15, 2020 in order to receive it this year, or file a 2020 tax return next year to receive it in 2021.
The email includes the following resources for the webinar:
CBPP’s Get it Back campaign has also developed resources that organizations can use to support EIP outreach work including FAQs, an informational flyer, sample social media posts, and outreach templates (blog post, press release, and emails).