HUD Updates February 27, 2019
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Posted by: LeadingAge IN
Finally, Enactment of FY19 HUD Bill
For HUD, the bill provides $51 million for new housing under HUD’s Section 202 Housing for the Elderly program, full funding needed to renew existing rental assistance contracts, including for Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contracts and Project-Based Rental Assistance, funds to renew Service Coordinators, and $10 million for a new HUD program to assist older adults with the modification of their homes. Enactment of the bill is a relief for housing providers and residents who had just weathered a 35-day federal shutdown and then a three-week Continuing Resolution, which was attempting to keep afloat HUD programs at fiscal year 2018 levels five months into this new fiscal year.
HUD’s Restart Priorities; Expedited Contract Renewals
On February 12, HUD headquarters issued an important announcement regarding prioritized effort focused on February contract expirations. One day later, during Congressional hearings on February 13 to explore reasons for the gap in contract renewals, HUD committed to Congress that it will take the necessary steps to get funding out as quickly as possible for contracts that expired during the shutdown or will expire this month. HUD initiated the process with the following message:
You are receiving this message because you have a rental subsidy contract that has expired, or is due to expire in February 2019. Understanding that Continuing Resolutions generally create uncertainty, HUD staff are prioritizing the renewal of all expired or February expiring contracts.
If you’ve been in communication with HUD or PBCA staff about the status of your contract and have returned contract paperwork, you do not need to take further action at this time. If you do not know your contract status, please respond promptly to all inquiries from HUD or PBCA staff related to your contract renewal, including rent setting and most importantly, signing and returning your contract via emailed PDF if possible. Please reach out to your assigned Account Executive or the managers listed below if you have any questions about your contract or this process