HOME Policy Memos

HOME memos provide guidance on a specific subject.

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 from the Office of Community Planning and Development’s (CPD’s) Acting Assistant Secretary John Gibbs 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). The CAPER is associated with several CPD grant programs.

Date Published: May 2020

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 Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to use HOME funds to address immediate housing needs and to help prevent spread of the virus. The memorandum is divided into two sections. Section I addresses PJs located in areas covered by a major disaster declaration made under Title IV of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act). Section II describes regulatory waivers available to all HOME PJs, not just those included in a major disaster declaration. Provisions that are not specifically suspended or waived remain in full effect.

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 PJs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to use HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) funds to facilitate urgent housing assistance to the communities and families experiencing financial hardship. The memorandum is divided into two sections. Section I addresses PJs located in the areas covered by a major disaster declaration made under Title IV of the Stafford Act. Section II describes regulatory waivers available to all HOME PJs not just those PJs included in a major disaster declaration. Provisions that are not specifically suspended or waived remain in full effect.

Date Published: April 2020

2018

CPD Memo: Incorporating 24 CFR Part 5 AFFH in the Consolidated Plan Program Year and Citizen Participation Plan

Under the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule 24 CFR Part 5, consolidated plan grantees must set forth a meaningful and transparent process to identify and understand local and regional fair housing issues and to set goals for improving fair housing choice and access to opportunity. This memorandum notifies grantees that they must amend their citizen participation plan prior to the initiation of the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) process to comply with the provisions at §91.105 for local governments and §91.115 for states. It outlines the required revisions and additions to the consolidated plan, consultation process, and the citizen participation plan for local governments and states to incorporate the AFH into these documents.

Date Published: February 2018

2017

CPD Memo: Availability of Waivers of CPD Grant Program and Consolidated Plan Requirements to Facilitate Recovery from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

This memorandum explains the availability of waivers of certain statutory and regulatory requirements associated with several CPD grant programs to facilitate recovery from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria that are the subject of major disaster declarations made under Title IV of the Stafford Act.

Date Published: October 2017

CPD Memo: Waiver of 24 CFR 91.105(b)(4) and 24 CFR 91.115(b)(4) for FY 2017 Action Plans for Community Planning and Development Program Funds

This memorandum revises procedures for the submission and review of action plans for FY 2017 funding for CPD grantees. The timing of the enactment for the FY 2017 appropriations act may leave insufficient time for grantees to complete their pre-submission or pre-amendment citizen participation process before the statutory August 16, 2017 submission deadline. To address this potential issue, HUD has issued a waiver of the regulatory 30-day citizen participation public comment period in favor of a 14-day comment period. This waiver applies to all CPD grantees and is in effect only until August 16, 2017.

Date Published: May 2017

2014

CPD Memo: System and Regulatory Changes to Eliminate First-In-First-Out Accounting in IDIS

The memorandum describes pending system and regulatory changes in Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) that will significantly impact the administration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) block grant programs. The HUD Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have determined that the first-in-first-out (FIFO) accounting methodology used by IDIS does not comply with federal financial standards. In addition, the Government Accountability Office is requiring a change to the way that HOME commitments are calculated.

Date Published: May 2014

2011

CPD Memo: Repayment of HOME Funds Used for Ineligible Activities or Ineligible Costs and Return of HOME Funds to the Treasury Account

This memorandum is intended to provide guidance regarding repayment of HOME funds expended for ineligible costs or activities and returning HOME funds drawn down in advance of or in excess of need.

Date Published: April 2011

2008

CPD Memo: Interim Policy on Value Limits Applicable to HOME-funded Homeownership Activities

This memorandum explains the effect of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 on Federal Housing Administration's (FHA's) Single Family Mortgage Insurance Program (203(b)) limits and their use as a value limit for homeownership activities assisted with HOME funds.

Date Published: March 2008

2006

CPD Memo: Joint CPD and FHA Memorandum on Cross-selling FHA programs

This memorandum discusses that FHA regulations would not prohibit HOME downpayment assistance in conjunctions with FHA-insured financing under such a scenario.

Date Published: September 2006