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HUD Provides Flexibility for CARES Act Funding for Housing and Homelessness Programs

April 3, 2020

On April 1, 2020, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it has relaxed some of the rules and requirements for its key housing and homelessness programs in order to help communities access and use CARES Act funds. The programs include:

  • Continuum of Care (CoC)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

Organizations and local governments participating in these programs can now request a waiver to cover certain expenses, reduce public notification and comment periods, rate of inspections, length of leases, etc. Click here to view all the waivers that are available. 

Organizations interested in requesting a waiver must contact their Community Planning and Development (CPD) Director by email at least two days before they anticipate using the waiver flexibility. HUD created new email addresses for CDP directors for this specific purpose that grantees must use. 

We encourage organizations to read HUD’s full guidance, found here.


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