PHADA Urges HUD to Act in Response to Coronavirus
On March 13, PHADA wrote to HUD Secretary Ben Carson today urging the Department to act in response to the coronavirus. PHADA’s letter asks HUD to take “all necessary steps to waive or suspend all rules and regulations that require actions by PHAs and/or their residents to engage in one on one personal interactions, or to complete steps and tasks that cannot be effectively completed because of the adoption of recommended social distancing practices.”
President’s Forum: HUD Regulations, Requirements Should be Eased So HAs Can Focus on Residents’ Needs
4/8/20: HUD Accepts PHADA Request to Amend Funding Application Deadlines
In the FY 20 HCV Program funding Notice (PIH Notice 2020-04), HUD set deadlines by which applications must be submitted. For five of the seven categories, the Department set deadlines of May 15. Given the focus on planning and response efforts for COVID-19, these deadlines did not seem reasonable. PHADA staff raised this issue on a recent call with HUD staff, and as a result of that advocacy, the Department updated deadlines for those categories of funding.
4/7/20: HUD to Housing Authorities: Help is On the Way
On Friday, April 3, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) held a national call with housing authorities (HAs) to discuss COVID-19 response efforts. Led by Assistant Secretary Hunter Kurtz, PIH staff discussed the relevant provisions of the CARES Act and the Department’s plans to implement those provisions for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Public Housing programs.
3/31/20: HUD Issues Important Update to FAQs for Public Housing Agencies
On Monday, March 30, HUD released an updated COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document on their website. While many important questions regarding waivers are deferred until a formal waiver notice is issued, many questions are clearly answered in this document.
3/30/20 (Updated): Congress Expands FMLA, Required Paid Sick Leave in Response to COVID-19
3/25/20: Senate Passes Emergency Spending Bill
On March 25, the Senate passed H.R. 748, the CARES Act to provide emergency assistance and response to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to relief provided to families and businesses, the bill provides supplemental appropriations for various governmental activities including the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s housing, homelessness, and community development programs
3/23/20: House and Senate Bills Include Appropriations for Housing Programs
On March 23, the House introduced H.R. 6379, Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, in response to COVID-19 along with DIVISION A – Third Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. The bill includes $720 million to be used flexibly between Operating and Capital for these funds as well as FY 20 funds, and $1.5 billion for Tenant Based Rental Assistance, with $1 billion for Administrative Fees and $500 million for HAP.
3/22/20: PHADA Advocates with Senators, Congresswomen, for Regulatory Relief and Supplemental Funding
On March 22, PHADA sent a letter to Sens. Warren, Sanders, Merkley, and Reps. Porter and Pressley regarding the letter they sent to Secretary Carson the previous week.
House Financial Services Committee
Senate Appropriations Committee
CARES Act Summary slide deck from HUD Conference Call with Public Housing Authorities (April 3, 2020)
A link to the audio recording of the Call is available here.
Summary of Summary of HUD Conference Call with Public Housing Authorities (March 20, 2020)
On March 20, The Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) hosted a conference call, “COVID-19 Information For Public Housing Authorities.” PIH Assistant Secretary Hunter Kurtz, along with Deputy Assistant Secretaries of PIH and leaders from PHADA, NAHRO, and CLPHA provided updates on behalf of their members regarding the COVID-19 situation. Following the updates, PIH took live questions via online chat from thousand housing authorities across the U.S.
Letter to Executive Directors, Tribal Leaders, and Multifamily Property Owners
Information about resources and information that the Office of Public and Indian Housing and the Office of Multifamily Housing have provided regarding COVID-19.
HUD.gov COVID-19 Resources Page
Housing Authorities’ Responses
Below are links to local housing authorities’ contingency plans, policies and procedures, and other outreach in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
If your agency has completed its planning, we are requesting you share any documents with PHADA so that we can make them available to your colleagues in the industry. If you are willing to participate in this effort, please send them to Blake Stenning at: email@example.com.
Federal Government Response
What Government Agencies Are Doing in Response to the Coronavirus
Federal, state, and local governments are working to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and to develop effective treatments for it.