HUD announces national COVID-19 call for Housing Providers

Regulation | March 16, 2020 | by Juliana Bilowich

On March 13, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing announced a national call to answer questions from housing providers struggling to navigate COVID-19 in HUD-assisted housing. HUD also published a joint letter from the offices of Public Housing and Multifamily Housing to address concerns housing providers and residents may have related to COVID-19. 

On March 13, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing announced a national call to answer questions from housing providers struggling to navigate COVID-19 in HUD-assisted housing. Lamar Seats, the MFH Deputy Assistant Secretary, will host the call.

  • HUD Office of Multifamily Housing’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Lamar Seats is hosting a call on Wednesday March 18, from 2:30-3:30 pm ET. Send questions in advance of the call to MFCommunications@hud.gov. Please use the following dial-in information to join: 844-867-6169, 6248475.

On March 13, HUD also published a joint letter from the offices of Public Housing and Multifamily Housing. The letter addresses concerns housing providers and residents may have related to COVID-19 and discusses actions the agency is taking to provide information to stakeholders. Specifically, the letter:

  • Reiterates that REAC inspections and Management and Occupancy Reviews (MORs) have been postponed until further notice due to the virus (see our summary and our statement on REAC inspection suspension), and explains how they will handle a health or safety situation where an in-unit inspection may still be required. More information is available in the recently released PIH FAQ document, which complements the Office of Multifamily Housing’s Q&A document;
  • Discusses HUD’s plan to avoid lapses in housing assistance payments, operations funding, and other HUD actions even in the event of a prolonged agency telework situation;
  • Establishes an email address for multifamily owners and PHAs for submitting questions related to COVID-19.

LeadingAge continues to submit questions for HUD Multifamily Housing staff to answer in writing regarding regulatory waivers, emergency supplemental funding, quarantine protocol, technical assistance, in-unit maintenance, and support for residents to access services and supplies.

To help providers maintain safe and financially sound homes throughout this crisis, LeadingAge is urging HUD to expand eligible use categories for accessing reserve for replacement accounts so that owners can automatically use these funds for COVID-19-related expenses. Other regulatory relief could include a suspension on interim recertifications, mandatory Capital Needs Assessments, and other requirements.

LeadingAge is also asking Congress to provide supplemental financial assistance to housing providers and emergency rental assistance for individuals impacted by the crisis, as well as eviction prevention assistance. Please check Coronavirus Information for Affordable Housing for information from LeadingAge.