HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) issued a memorandum on June 30 updating waivers to the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs. The memorandum extends certain regulation waivers that were set to expire on June 30. Some waivers have been extended until September 30 to allow entities receiving CoC or HOPWA funds (“recipients”) time to update policies and procedures and to adjust staffing levels to come back into compliance with regular regulation requirements now that social distancing measures are lifting. Other waivers have been extended to December 31, as they remain critical to helping people experiencing homelessness obtain and maintain housing in tight rental markets as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the memorandum establishes an expiration date of September 30 for waivers previously authorized until public health officials determine no additional special measures are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Most of the waivers refer to the fifth update issued on March 31 (see Memo, 4/19). However, two of the CoC waivers (#11 on page 11 and #12 on page 12) refer to earlier updated memoranda, May 22, 2020 (see Memo, 6/1/20) and September 30, 2020 (see Memo, 10/13/20), respectively. Also, one of the HOPWA waivers (#16 on page 16) refers to the March 31, 2020 memorandum (see Memo, 4/6/20).
The June 30 memorandum is at: https://bit.ly/2ST5KkC
More information about CoC is on page 4-84 of NLIHC’s 2021 Advocates’ Guide.
More information about CoC in the context of the coronavirus is on page 10-47 of NLIHC’s 2021 Advocates’ Guide.
More information about HOPWA is on page 4-81 of NLIHC’s 2021 Advocates’ Guide.
More information about HOPWA in the context of the coronavirus is on page 10-44 of NLIHC’s 2021 Advocates’ Guide.