HUD FAQ Specific to Super Storm Sandy
HUD’s Hurricane Sandy webpage has a helpful 26-page frequently asked questions (FAQ) document tailored to Hurricane Sandy.
In addition to five pages answering questions received from the public, there are answers pertaining to CDBG, HOME, ESG, McKinney-Vento programs, public housing, and vouchers.
Regarding CDBG, for example, HUD reminds jurisdictions that the most appropriate use of CDBG disaster related funds is for longer-term needs such as redevelopment; immediate disaster relief should come primarily through FEMA and the Small Business Administration.
Regarding HOME, a participating jurisdiction may seek a waiver of the requirement that 15% of each HOME allocation be used for homes developed by Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), something NLIHC believes CHDOs should be wary of.
Regarding public housing and vouchers, a number of issues are addressed, including:
- Public housing agencies (PHAs) with more than 250 units may temporarily deprogram vacant units in order to make them available for over-income disaster victims. These units will not, however, receive operating cost subsidy for the time they are occupied by over-income households.
- PHAs not in a declared disaster area that incurred damage as a result of Super Storm Sandy may apply for FY13 Capital Fund Emergency and Disaster Reserve set-aside funds.
- PHAs may give a preference to existing public housing and voucher residents displaced by the disaster.
- PHAs may also give a preference to disaster area victims who are not currently public housing or voucher residents, as long as they are income-eligible.
- Under existing voucher portability rules, a receiving PHA may admit additional family members to a portable voucher family.
- If a housing choice voucher unit is damaged by the disaster, but the deficiencies are not life-threatening, a PHA has existing administrative discretion to allow more than 30 days for the unit owner to make repairs to bring the unit up to housing quality standards.
CDBG Disaster Recovery Overview
HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has a Disaster Recovery Assistance webpage that includes a Power Point titled, CDBG Disaster Recovery Overview.
Fair Housing Information
HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) has two short fair housing information bulletins, one for disaster survivors and one for housing providers.
Click here for FHEO’s Fair Housing Disaster Resources web page.
Click here for Fair housing information for disaster survivors.
Click here for Fair housing information for housing providers.
HUD Offers Advice to Returning Super Storm Sandy Victims
The Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control has a new webpage offering tips to people returning to their homes after the flood waters of Super Storm Sandy recede. The tips apply to both inside and outside the home.