Dear NACCED Members,
We know that over the last week, life has changed quickly for many people around the world and here in America, and local governments are at the forefront of mitigating the current pandemic. NACCED has compiled a list of resources from federal agencies to help our local government members have access to the best, most current information, including guidance from HUD on the use of CDBG in addressing this public health crisis. NACCED will continue to update and share this information as more comes available.
Department of Housing and Urban Development and COVID-19
This week, HUD CPD staff held a brief webinar on CDBG and COVID-19 and provided the following information:
- You are required to comply with the citizen participation plan for substantial changes. Virtual hearings are allowed if the need is documented such as substantiating that it’s a public health concern. Must also include in the Citizen Participation Plan ASAP, allow answers in real time and make formats available to persons with disabilities and/or with limited English.
- The 15% public service cap is statutory and HUD does not have the authority to waive it. Congress must take action.
- Timeliness will be handled appropriately and HUD will work with grantees.
- Technical Assistance (TA) is available for grantees that need to develop activities in the area of infectious diseases. Contact your field rep.
- The Consolidated Plan deadline can be extended with communication with the local field office. However, it must be submitted by August 16th or grantees will lose their funding.
- Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response
During the webinar, HUD announced they are currently accepting questions around CDBG and other CPD programs in relation with COVID-19 through CPDQuestionsAnswered@hud.gov and CDBGQuestionsAnswered@hud.gov.
Last week, HUD Secretary Carson joined the White House task force for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. On Friday, HUD held an Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners webinar with presenters from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and National Healthcare for the Homeless Council (HCH) and released Questions and Answers document for multifamily stakeholders regarding COVID-19.
HUD also posted the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and Technical Assistance (TA) materials on the HUD Exchange Disease Risks and Homelessness Page:
Additionally, HUD is providing technical assistance to homeless assistance providers who need support in preventing or responding to the spread of infectious disease. Submit your questions to the Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. In Step 2 of the question submission process, select “CoC: Continuum of Care Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list and write “Health Preparedness and Response” in the subject line.
NACCED signed onto a letter to HUD Acting Assistant Secretary for CPD John Gibbs requesting for immediate regulatory relief for grantees administering the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs to allow them to quickly respond to COVID-19.
Small Business Administration and COVID-19
For small businesses in your communities who are struggling through the crisis, we wanted to share that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
For additional information, please visit: https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19, contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center, call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional COVID-19 Response Resources from the Affordable Housing Industry
NACCED recognizes that local governments are on the front line of mitigating disasters of all kinds, and we are focused on continuing to serve as a resource and liaison here in Washington to help you more effectively do your jobs and serve your communities. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is any way the NACCED team, can be of assistance. If you have any additional resources that were not included in the email above, please send them to Katelynn Harris at email@example.com for future COVID-19 updates.