HUD Announces Waivers for Hurricane Recovery Areas

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Multifamily by on October 27, 2017 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced a package of 19 regulatory and administrative waivers aimed at helping communities accelerate their recovery from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Builders will be particularly interested in the waivers of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program requirements.

Waivers also are provided for certain Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program.

“The recent storms are unprecedented, so it makes sense that our response be unprecedented as well,” said Neal Rackleff, HUD’s assistant secretary for community planning and development. “We must be as flexible as we possibly can to help our state and local partners at a time when they need our help the most.”

To expedite the use of these funds, HUD’s state and local partners can now access a waiver through a new simplified notification process. HUD’s flexibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Reducing the public comment requirement period to seven days (down from 30) on changes to a grantee’s community redevelopment plans. HUD explained this temporary allowance balances the need to help local communities more quickly while continuing to provide reasonable notice and opportunity for citizens to comment on the proposed uses of funds.
  • Permitting CDBG grantees to directly use these funds for new construction to replace affordable housing units that were lost as a result of the hurricanes damage. This waiver will remain in effect to the end of the 2018 program year for grantees in the declared disaster areas.
  • Temporarily waiving HOME regulations that require a 15% set-aside for Community Housing Development Organizations and a 25% matching contribution from participating jurisdictions.
  • Waiving various HOME provisions to facilitate the use of these funds for tenant-based rental assistance.

You can access HUD’s notice here to learn more. Contact Michelle Kitchen with any questions.

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