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.

HUD SNAPS to Hold “Office Hours” Webinar on 4/10/2020 from 2:30 pm to 4 pm ET

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs will host another virtual office hours tomorrow (4/10/2020) to discuss COVID-19 planning and response from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm ET for homeless assistance providers and their partners. Presenters from the following agencies will be in attendance:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD);
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA);
  • National Healthcare for the Homeless Council (HCH); and
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Prior registration is not necessary. Fifteen minutes before the start time, please click here.

HUD to Host Additional COVID-19 Planning and Response Webinars for Homeless Assistance Providers – Fridays at 2:30 pm ET

The Department’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) will host regular “office hours” webinars for homeless assistance providers to discuss COVID-19 planning and response on Fridays from 2:30 pm to 4 pm ET. The next session will be this Friday, March 27, 2020.

Federal agencies in attendance will include the following:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD);
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA);
  • National Healthcare for the Homeless Council (HCH); and
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Potential participants should join the webinar 15 minutes before it begins. The webinar can be joined here.

USICH/HUD Webinar on Isolation and Quarantine

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The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness will host a webinar titled “COVID-19 Planning and Response: Isolation and Quarantine: Lessons Learned from Seattle and King County.” It will occur on March 24, 2020 at 1:30 pm ET.

The following entities will present:

  • U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness;
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development;
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and
  • Seattle and King County COVID-19 Response.

Registration can be found here.

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.

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.