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HUD HOME Webinar to Provide Guidance on Using Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Waivers during Coronavirus Pandemic

HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Programs (OAHP) will conduct a webinar about “Designing and Implementing an Emergency HOME TBRA Program” on June 10 at 1 pm ET. The webinar will provide guidance on implementing the HOME Investment Partnerships Program’s Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program using waivers announced on April 10 (see Memo, 4/20). These waivers are intended to make it easier to use TBRA to meet urgent housing assistance needs for households experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. While HOME funds are primarily a resource for construction of affordable housing, OAHP recognizes that the coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread economic damage and an unprecedented need for housing assistance.

The webinar is oriented to HOME Participating Jurisdictions (PJs), but advocates might also find the information useful to encourage their PJs to take advantage of the HOME TBRA waivers. OHAP notes that initial pre-planning is crucial to determine whether and how to implement TBRA. The webinar will address multiple topics: identifying and segmenting priority needs, assessing available resources, approaches to program administration, seeking needed approvals, and policy clarifications.

The “Designing and Implementing an Emergency HOME TBRA Program” webinar will take place on June 10 at 1 pm ET. Register at: https://bit.ly/3gMjvZw. To register, attendees must have a HUD Exchange account. Follow these instructions.

More information about HOME is on page 5-3 of NLIHC’s 2020 Advocates’ Guide.