HUD issues first COVID-19 relief payments

Regulation | September 30, 2020 | by Juliana Bilowich

Several months after Congress approved relief payments for senior housing providers, the first pandemic payments are reaching communities. 

In late September, months after the COVID-19 crisis hit the United States, senior housing communities have begun receiving relief payments. HUD staff have started notifiying Section 202 and other HUD-assisted housing providers of their approved COVID-19 Supplemental Payments, or CSPs.

In the CARES Act, enacted in late March, Congress approved relief funds for federally-assisted housing providers in the Section 202, Section 811, nd project-based Section 8 programs. The CARES Act also approved funds for grant-funded Service Coordinators; those payments are being processed separately by HUD. 

HUD provides COVID-19 payment update for senior housing providers

According to HUD, the agency has completed reviews of all COVID-19 Supplemental Payment (CSP) requests received in August. HUD has also obligated approved amounts to individual rental assistance contracts.

The agency expects most properties to receive funds by October 7. HUD has begun providing email notifications to individual properties confirming their CSP request status. The payment mechanism is the same as standard rental assistance through LOCCs or via the contract administrator.

On a recent call with LeadingAge members, HUD staff said that the agency will issue a second round of relief payments later this year. More information about CSPs is available here.