HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) posted on April 30 a one-page “List of Eligible Coronavirus-Related Activities” for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The list includes nine eligible uses previously identified in Notice PIH-2020-08) issued on April 28 (see Memo, 5/4) and one new eligible use. The previous notice established eligible activities that public housing agencies (PHAs) may carry out to prevent, prepare for, or respond to coronavirus with the $380 million supplemental administrative fee amounts appropriated through the CARES Act. The one new eligible use is to hire temporary employees to maintain program operations due to coronavirus.
If a PHA wants approval to cover coronavirus-related activities not on the list and not currently eligible as regular HCV administrative costs, the PHA must send a request and an explanation of the proposed use to PIH.
As additional eligible activities are approved, PIH will post an updated list. The “List of Eligible Coronavirus-Related Activities” is at: https://bit.ly/3djUEtw
Notice PIH-2020-08 is at: https://bit.ly/2W9tb88
More information about the Housing Choice Voucher program is on page 4-1 of NLIHC’s 2020 Advocates’ Guide.