HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Programs (OAHP) issued a memorandum on September 27 revising and extending six coronavirus-related waivers for the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program. The waivers are effective as of September 30. OAHP, a division of HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), issued pandemic-related waivers in an April 10, 2020 memorandum and a December 4, 2020 memorandum (see Memo 12/14/20) extended deadlines to September 30, 2021 (see Memo 4/20/20). Any statutory suspensions and waivers not extended by the September 27 memorandum expired on September 30, 2021.
Revisions in the new memorandum include:
- Extending the reduction of the match requirement by 100% to include FY22
- Restricting the waiver of the maximum per unit subsidy limit to projects that are currently underway or projects for which HOME funds will be committed on or before March 31, 2022
- Extending the waiver of on-site inspections of HOME-assisted rental housing to December 31, 2021 and extending the timeframe to physically inspect units that would have been subject to on-going inspections during the waiver period from 120 days after September 30, 2021 to 180 days after December 31, 2021
- Extending the waiver of annual re-inspections of units assisted with HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) to December 31, 2021
- Extending the four-year project completion deadline and clarifying the timing of the required written notification for any HOME project underway
- Extending the timeframe to March 31, 2022 for participating jurisdictions (PJs) to respond to findings of noncompliance
The September 27 memorandum is at: https://bit.ly/3oecdnB
More information about the HOME Coronavirus Waivers previously issued is on page 10-20 of NLIHC’s 2021 Advocates’ Guide.
More information about the standard HOME program is on page 5-6 of NLIHC’s 2021 Advocates’ Guide.