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

Date Published: April 2020



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 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 Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (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.

While HOME program funds are primarily a resource for the physical development of affordable housing, the Department recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread economic damage and created an unprecedented need for housing assistance among individuals and families directly affected by these unanticipated economic changes. The suspensions and waivers provided in this memorandum will allow PJs to use HOME funds for TBRA to individuals and families experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  1. Providing immediate rental assistance to individuals and families seeking housing
  2. Assisting households that have housing but face reduced or lost wages
  3. Assisting existing TBRA families that need additional assistance due to reduced or lost wages

Community Planning and Development (CPD) Field Offices shall inform PJs of the availability of these suspensions and waivers. A HOME PJ that wishes 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 the Office of Affordable Housing Programs at HOMECOVID19@hud.gov before it implements the suspension or waiver. This written notification must identify which suspensions and/or waivers the PJ plans to use.

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