HUD Publishes PIH COVID-19 Waivers

Earlier today, HUD Public and Indian Housing (PIH) published a list of statutory and regulatory waivers to assist PHAs in dealing with the COVID-19 event. The notice is titled “COVID-19 Statutory and Regulatory Waivers for the Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Indian Housing Block Grant and Indian Community Development Block Grant programs, Suspension of Public Housing Assessment System and Section Eight Management Assessment Program” (Notice PIH 2020-05).

The staff at NAHRO are in the process of reading through the notice and will post additional information in the near future.

The notice can be found here.

PHAs Make Coronavirus Requests of Congress

In partnership with our sister groups CLPHA, PHADA and the Moving to Work (MTW) Collaborative, NAHRO has drafted and sent a letter to the House and the Senate thanking them for the nearly $3 billion in affordable housing assistance in the CARES Act, and asking for substantial resources and flexibilities, including:

  • An additional infusion of $8.5 billion for the Operating Fund and the Section 8 voucher program;
  • An increased supply of Tenant Protection Vouchers;
  • Additional rental assistance for families in need; and
  • A $70 billion investment in public housing infrastructure.

Almost 800 PHAs and organizations joined NAHRO, PHADA, CLPHA, and the MTW Collaborative in signing the letter. You and your partners can also send the letter to your members of Congress through NAHRO’s Advocacy Action Center.

NAHRO continues to provide the latest information on the NAHRO Coronavirus page.

HUD Updates Guidance for CY 2020 HAP Set-aside Applications

The following email updating HAP set-aside application instructions was sent to PHA Executive Directors earlier today.

The deadline date for the following list of calendar year (CY) 2020 Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Set-aside categories is being extended to no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, July 15, 2020:

  • Category 2a: Unforeseen Circumstances
  • Category 2b: Portability
  • Category 3: Project-Based Voucher
  • Category 5: Lower-than-average Leasing
  • Category 6: Disaster


Please refer to PIH Notice 2020-04 for details on the information and documentation required for eligibility consideration under each applicable category of the CY 2020 HAP Set-aside prior to submitting requests.

Additionally, for health and safety reasons during the pandemic, HUD will not accept regular mail or faxes for these applications; therefore, PHAs are required to submit their applications electronically to the 2020Set-AsideApplications@hud.gov email address. Electronic signatures will be accepted on Appendix F and respective supporting documentation.

Finally, this extension does not impact the deadline dates communicated through PIH Notice 2020-04 for Category 1: Shortfall as it remains open throughout the year, or Category 4: HUD-VASH as the deadline for applications is October 1, 2020.

Should you have any questions about this message, please do not hesitate to contact your FMC Financial Analyst, or the FMD staff at 2020Set-AsideApplications@hud.gov.

Missed Our Virtual Convening? Recordings Now Available!

Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, NAHRO remains committed to connecting members and others with industry leaders and important perspectives. In lieu of our cancelled Washington Conference, we put together a complimentary virtual convening on March 30-31, and are now pleased to provide links to both events. 

Dr. Raphael Bostic, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlantadiscussed the bank’s reaction to the COVID-19 crisis, presented on Inclusive Economic Development: Lessons and Challenges, and took questions from attendees. View this webinar here.  

Dr. Mark Calabria, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agencydiscussed FHFA’s reaction to the COVID-19 crisis, its mission, its role in the housing sector, and his thoughts on critical milestones ahead. View this webinar here. 

Thank you to Yardi for sponsoring both events!   

Watch out for more virtual events as NAHRO continues to provide its members with the news, analysis, and guidance they need. 

FY 2020 HCV Funding Implementation Notice Published

Earlier today, HUD published a notice titled “Implementation of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020 Funding Provisions for the Housing Choice Voucher Program” (PIH Notice 2020-04). The notice implements the funding provisions from the FY 2020 appropriations bill for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

The notice discusses the following:

  • Calculation of calendar year (CY) 2020 HAP Renewal Funding;
  • Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Set-aside categories;
  • Tenant Protection Vouchers;
  • Funding for Administrative costs;
  • HUD-VASH funding;
  • Tribal HUD-VASH funding;
  • Mainstream Program;
  • Family Unification Program (FUP);
  • Mobility Demonstration funding;
  • Instructions for applying for HAP set-aside funding;
  • Moving to Work Agencies;
  • Excluded Programs (i.e., Mod. Rehab. and Single Room Occupancy);
  • HCV Financial Management;
  • HAP Disbursements and Frontloading;
  • Use of HAP and HAP RNP/HUD-Held Program Reserves;
  • Use of Administrative Fees;
  • VMS/FASS Reporting and Data Integrity;
  • Prohibition on Over-leasing; and
  • Use of Outside Sources of Funds.

We will have additional details as NAHRO staff read through the notice.

The notice can be found here.

HUD PIH to Host COVID-19 Webinar on 4/3/2020 at 3:30 pm ET

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.

Call-in information:
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.

HUD to hold Landlord Participation Webinar titled “Education and Outreach Strategies for Landlord Participation” on 4/22/2020 at 1 pm ET

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.

HUD Updates VMS Reference Definitions

Earlier today, HUD sent a letter to Executive Directors of PHAs updating the Voucher Management System (VMS) reference definitions. The complete letter can be found below.

Dear Executive Director:

This email is to inform you of recent updates to the Voucher Management System (VMS) Quick Reference Guide and User’s Manual.  These changes provide further clarification about specific reporting requirements related to the RAD and Mainstream programs. These updates are to the definitions only, these are *not* changes to VMS reporting.  Additionally, you will find that changes to the definition of the following VMS fields have been made:

  • PHA Owned Units Leased
  • Portable Units Administered
  • RAD 1 HAP Expenses Incurred After the 1st of the Month
  • Rental Assistance Component 1 (HAP)
  • All Voucher HAP Expenses for Contracts Effective After the First of the Month
  • Number of PBVs Under HAP and Not Leased with Vacancy Payment and Associated Vacancy HAP Expense
  • HAP Expenses – Number of PBVs Under HAP and Not Leased with Vacancy Payment and Associated Vacancy HAP Expense

Please note:  The updates, along with prior updates from August 28, 2019, are highlighted in green within the documents to make them easier to locate.

The updated Quick Reference Guide and User’s Manual can be found in VMS on the left side under “Resources”.  The links for each are found below.

Quick Reference Guide:
https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/QUICKREFERENCE.PDF

User’s Manual:
https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/INSTRUCTIONS.PDF

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact your assigned FMC Financial Analyst.

 

Join Us Tomorrow for Part 2 of Our Virtual Convening!

Session 2 Speakers
Left to right: Dr. Raphael Bostic, Dr. Mark Calabria, NAHRO President Sunny Shaw, and NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman.

Thank you to everyone who joined us earlier today to hear Dr. Raphael Bostic, the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, discuss inclusive economic development and the bank’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

We hope you can join us for the second part of our virtual convening tomorrow – on Tuesday, March 31, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT. Our special guest, Dr. Mark Calabria, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, will discuss FHFA’s mission, its role in the housing sector, and his thoughts on the impact of COVID-19.

Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, NAHRO remains committed to connecting you with industry leaders and important perspectives. In lieu of our cancelled Washington Conference, we’re glad to be able to invite you to this complimentary virtual convening, sponsored by Yardi.

We look forward to connecting with you!

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