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HUD Releases COVID-19 Supplemental Payment Guidance

On July 23rd, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published guidance for accessing COVID-19 Supplemental Payments (CSP) for Project-Based Section 8, Section 202, and Section 811 communities. These one-time supplemental payments from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) are intended to help offset expenses for COVID-19 preparedness and response.

The Notice provides a method for owners to request payments at two tiers. The first tier is a standard base amount per property, including extra funds for senior housing and budget-based service coordinators. The second tier allows owners to request additional funding for “exceptional” COVID-19 costs. If an owner applies for tier two reimbursement but their request is not approved, they will automatically be considered for tier one funding.

The supplemental payments can cover additional cleaning and disinfecting, additional staff, personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff and residents, and other expenses to help keep properties safe. “Hazard” pay will not be eligible for reimbursement. Additionally, these funds are not intended to be used to pay for either resident or staff COVID-19 testing.

The Notice allows owners to submit payment requests for expenses incurred between March 27th and July 31, 2020. HUD has developed a CSP Request form (HUD Form 52671-E) for owners to use, and requests are due by Aug. 5, 2020.

Contact: Sara Neitzel, sneitzel@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8835