HOME COVID-19 Guidance

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

Regulatory Waivers and Statutory Suspensions

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 22, 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 7, 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 10, 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 10, 2020

Webinars

Designing and Implementing an Emergency HOME TBRA Program Part 3: Office Hours

Date: June 24, 2020

The third webinar in the series focuses on answering questions from HOME Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) developing emergency HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Designing and Implementing an Emergency HOME TBRA Program Part 2: Developing Policies and Procedures

Date: June 17, 2020

The second webinar in the series focuses on developing policies and procedures for an emergency TBRA program. While statutory suspensions and regulatory waivers announced on April 10, 2020 will help HOME PJs accelerate program implementation, PJs must develop policies and procedures to ensure the efficient and compliant rollout of such programs.

Using IDIS to Administer a HOME TBRA Program Webinar

Date: June 16, 2020

This webinar guides PJs on the proper use of the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) to administer a TBRA program.

Designing and Implementing an Emergency HOME TBRA Program Webinar

Date: June 10, 2020

This webinar guides HOME PJs through critical initial pre-planning steps involved in determining whether and how to implement a TBRA program using flexibility provided by statutory suspensions and regulatory waivers announced on April 10, 2020.

HOME Program COVID-19 Response: Statutory Suspensions and Regulatory Waivers Webinar

Date: April 20, 2020

This webinar covers the following topics: Statutory suspensions and regulatory waiver flexibility for COVID-19 response, including using HOME funds for emergency TBRA; applicability of the CARES Act eviction moratorium to HOME projects; and answers to FAQs.

Guidance and Resources

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

This sample letter to owners and sample tenant flyer issued by HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Programs (OAHP) can be used by Participating Jurisdictions (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 9, 2020

HOME FACTS Vol. 9, No. 1: Set Up, Fund, and Complete HOME TBRA Activities in IDIS

This issue of HOME FACTS provides guidance on how PJs should set up, fund, and complete HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) activities in IDIS.

Date Published: May 5, 2020

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 1, 2020