Seth Embry, PHADA Policy Analyst
On March 31, PIH Notice 2020-04, “Implementation of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020 Funding Provisions for the Housing Choice Voucher Program” was issued. Required by law to be issued by March 1, 2020, the Notice outlines how HUD will implement the HCV provisions of the FY 20 appropriations law, including renewal funding, administrative fees, and new incremental funds. The FY 20 appropriations bill contained only a few new provisions compared to FY 19. Therefore, the major changes in the Notice concern the $100 million set-aside from HAP renewal funds, and new incremental assistance for the Family Unification Program (FUP).
As discussed in a previous Advocate article, the renewal set-aside provision contained two new eligible uses for those funds: increasing allocations to housing authorities (HAs) with lower-than-average leasing and for HAs with increased costs in areas with Presidentially declared disasters. HUD has determined which HAs are eligible to apply for the set-aside due to lower-than-average leasing, and has listed those agencies in an attachment to the Notice. In addition to lower-than-average leasing, the law requires HAs have relatively low HAP reserves compared to other HAs and be non-MTW to be eligible for funding. While the legislative language was straightforward, HUD has utilized broad discretion to determine which HAs are eligible.
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