HOME COVID-19 Guidance

This page contains COVID-19 guidance and resources for the HOME Program.

Regulatory Waivers and Statutory Suspensions

CPD Memo: Suspension and Waiver of the HOME Program Consortium Qualification Deadline in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

This memorandum suspends the HOME Program’s statutory deadline and waives the HOME regulatory deadline for qualification or requalification of urban counties and consortia to provide HOME PJs additional time to complete these processes due to the unanticipated circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date Published: September 2020

Flexibilities and Waivers Granted by the CARES Act and Mega Waiver and Guidance

This document summarizes the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act flexibilities and waivers.

Date Published: June 2020

CPD Memo: Availability of a Waiver and Alternate Requirement for the CAPER for CPD Grant Programs in Response to the Spread of Coronavirus

This memorandum authorizes and explains a waiver of the regulatory requirement at 24 CFR 91.520(a), that within 90-days of the end of a jurisdiction's program year a grantee shall submit to HUD a performance report known as the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).

Date Published: May 2020


On April 10, 2020, CPD issued the two memoranda posted below containing statutory suspensions and regulatory waivers for the HOME Program to provide flexibility for jurisdictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Several of the suspensions/waivers require the Office of Affordable Housing Programs (OAHP) to make Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) changes for Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) before they can be employed. These include:

  • Increased administrative and planning set-aside
  • Reduction or elimination of Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) set-asides
  • Increased CHDO operating set-aside
  • Reduction of match requirements

Consequently, HOME PJs that wish to implement one or more statutory suspensions and/or regulatory waivers must send the request by email to their CPD Field Office and also to OAHP at HOMECOVID19@hud.gov.

On April 20, 2020, HUD held a webinar to discuss these waivers and provide answers to other questions regarding COVID-19 response. Watch the webinar: HOME Program COVID-19 Response: Statutory Suspensions and Regulatory Waivers Webinar

CPD Memo: Availability of Waivers and Suspensions of the HOME Program Requirements in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

This memorandum provides guidance and the necessary statutory suspensions and regulatory waivers to enable HOME PJs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to use HOME funds to address immediate housing needs and to help prevent spread of the virus.

Date Published: April 2020

CPD Memo: Suspensions and Waivers to Facilitate Use of HOME-Assisted TBRA for Emergency and Short-term Assistance in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

This memorandum provides guidance and the necessary statutory suspensions and regulatory waivers to enable HOME PJs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to use HOME TBRA funds to facilitate urgent housing assistance to the communities and families experiencing financial hardship.

Date Published: April 2020

HOME COVID-19 FAQs

HOME Program COVID-19 and CARES Act FAQs

These frequently asked questions (FAQs) provide guidance on Section 4024 of the CARES Act which imposes a temporary moratorium on evictions.

Date Published: May 2020

Emergency HOME TBRA Toolkit

On April 10, 2020 HUD issued CPD Memo: Suspensions and Waivers to Facilitate Use of HOME-Assisted TBRA for Emergency and Short-term Assistance in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic.

To facilitate implementation of emergency TBRA programs, HUD has published the Emergency HOME TBRA Toolkit which collects and organizes all guidance and training resources developed for PJs, covering the following topics:

  • Regulatory Resources
  • Program Planning and Design
  • Program Administration
  • Project Management
Access the Emergency HOME TBRA Toolkit

Income Determination Resources

HOME Sample Self-Certification of Annual Income Form

This sample self-certification of income form issued by HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Programs (OAHP) can be used by PJs to document annual income of individuals and families that have lost employment or income either permanently or temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date Published: June 2020

Landlord and Tenant Resources

Tools for Landlords with Tenants Impacted by COVID-19

This document helps landlords to engage with at-risk tenants while remaining in compliance with fair housing laws and understand the key elements of a repayment plan. The document provides links to sample rent repayment agreements.

Date Published: August 2020

Tenant Guidance: Rent Repayment Plans

This document assists at-risk tenants in understanding and pursuing rent repayment agreements with their landlords. The document includes links to helpful resources and a sample script for requesting a repayment agreement from a landlord. Use of this guidance is optional and grantees and tenants are strongly cautioned to review their state and local laws as under some laws, a tenant notifying an owner of the inability to pay rent is sufficient for the owner to initiate eviction proceedings.

Date Published: August 2020

HOME CARES Act Eviction Moratorium – Sample Letter to Owners and Sample Tenant Flyer

This sample letter to owners and sample tenant flyer issued by OAHP can be used by PJs to notify property owners and tenants about the temporary eviction moratorium established by Section 4024 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The temporary eviction moratorium applies to covered dwelling units assisted by the HOME Program.

Date Published: June 2020