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PIH Regulatory Waiver GuidanceApril 28, 2020
On April 10, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) issued a large number of waivers for the Public Housing (PH), Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG), and Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) programs. The purpose of the waivers is to assist PHAs and Tribal housing providers in continuing to provide critical housing services to their local communities during COVID-19.
This document is designed to get you started with information about what the waivers do and how to use them. Please note that this set of waivers is different from the COC/ESG/HOPWA regulatory waivers HUD issued on April 1. For introductory guidance on that document, please click here.
Last Updated April 28, 2020
What programs and program requirements does the April 10 regulatory waiver cover?
This set of waivers covers the PH, HCV, IHBG, and ICDBG programs. In the table below, we summarize the PH and HCV programs, which are most relevant for communities in Built for Zero. For IHBG and ICDBG programs, please refer directly to HUD’s memo.
With respect to the HCV program, the waiver and alternative requirements are applicable to the special purpose vouchers such as Mainstream vouchers, Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers, and HUD-VASH vouchers.
PHAs can choose to adopt some, all, or none of the waivers at their discretion. Some of the waivers require the use of alternative requirements. If the PHA adopts a waiver with an alternative requirement, the PHA must comply with the alternative requirement.
For complete details on all the information below, we strongly recommend reviewing HUD’s April 10th waiver memo. The information below is intended solely as a high-level summary, with language often taken directly from the HUD memo.
This set of waivers covers the following joint PH-HCV requirements:
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This set of waivers covers the following HCV requirements:
This set of waivers covers the following PH requirements:
The regulatory waiver covers the following HQS requirements:
Lastly, the regulatory waiver covers a range of miscellaneous provisions:
What steps must my PHA take to use some of the waivers?
They just start using them. Quoting directly from HUD: “A PHA does not need to notify HUD or receive HUD approval to begin utilizing these waivers/alternative requirements.” That said, “HUD may require the PHA to provide information to HUD on the waivers used by the PHA and the date the PHA applied the waiver to its program(s),” so we recommend that PHAs keep track of which waivers they’re putting into effect.
Are there any other resources available to help me use the regulatory waiver?
For specific, bounded questions about what’s allowed, your best best is to use the HUD Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. HUD triages AAQ questions pretty quickly to expert TA providers (often the same folks who provide on-the-ground TA), and you’ll typically get a response within 3-5 business days (maybe a little longer these days). You may also want to check with your local field office (list here) for more region-specific questions.
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