Today in the Federal Register, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) published a notice announcing the availability of relief from HUD requirements for public housing authorities (PHAs) to assist with recovery and relief efforts for families affected by recent disasters. Specifically, PHAs in areas that currently have presidentially declared major disaster declarations (MDDs) may request waivers of HUD requirements and will receive expedited review of their requests.
The notice describes the flexibilities available to MDD PHAs, including extensions of obligation and expenditure deadlines for capital funds, Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) minimum program size, and public housing approved vacancies. It also describes the process for PHAs to provide notice and request approval from HUD regarding statutory or regulatory flexibilities. The notice will apply to any MDDs issued during the remainder of 2018 as well.