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PHADA Continues to Monitor Effects of COVID-19

HAs Endure Challenges, Full Impacts Still Unknown

Crystal Wojciechowski, PHADA Policy Analyst

As reported in the last newsletter, the effects of COVID-19 on both housing authorities (HAs) and their residents and communities must continue to be monitored in order to mitigate adverse effects. PHADA has and will continue to discuss actual and potential impacts with HAs in order to advocate appropriately and timely on your behalf to Congress and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) throughout this crisis. To date, the association has successfully advocated for additional funding for affordable housing programs, as well as statutory and regulatory waivers needed in order to plan for and respond to the impacts of COVID-19.

This emergency federal funding and the waivers authorized under PIH Notice 2020-05 should allow agencies to overcome many of the most immediate impacts of the crisis over the next couple of months. While many of the most urgent requests by HAs and industry groups, like increased funding, revised or suspended submission dates for certain reporting requirements, and the suspension of scoring systems for public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, have been managed for the time being, the full scope of the impacts to agencies and their residents are still unknown and will likely require additional consideration.

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