Flow Chart: How to House Those Displaced by Hurricane Harvey

Published by Thomas Stagg on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 12:00am

On August 25, President Donald Trump declared Hurricane Harvey a major disaster. The initial declaration has since been expanded twice and as of August 31 includes Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller and Wharton counties. It’s possible the declaration could be extended again, as Harvey made a second landfall August 30 – this time as a tropical storm just west of Cameron, La.

What Property Owners and Managers Need to Know

A displaced household is a household that had its principal residence in a major disaster area and was forced to move from that residence as a direct result of the major disaster. A LIHTC property with vacancies has the option to temporarily house displaced households. To do so and remain in compliance, LIHTC property owners and managers must first obtain written approval from the LIHTC allocating agency. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) provides a form, Owner’s Request to Provide Emergency Housing Relief, to obtain such approval. Owners of properties in other states who have the opportunity and wish to house people displaced by the disaster would need approval from their respective allocating agencies. Some agencies have already begun to provide blanket authorization for all LIHTC properties.

Once approval is obtained, LIHTC property owners can use the flow chart below as a guide for occupying vacant LIHTC units with displaced households. TDHCA also has a Displaced Household Certification form to be used in temporarily housing a displaced household. It’s important to remember that a household is only eligible for temporary housing assistance if they are willing to state, under penalty of perjury, that their principal residence is in the major disaster areas officially declared and that they were displaced from that residence as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey. However, an LIHTC property does not need to be in the major disaster area to offer temporary housing.  

In addition, if an LIHTC property is in the presidentially declared disaster area and has been damaged by Hurricane Harvey, the owner must report that damage to the LIHTC allocating agency. Such properties in Texas would report that information to TDHCA using its Notice of Property Damage from Hurricane Harvey. Once the LIHTC property is repaired, owners much report again to TDHCA, this time using the Notice of Property Restoration after a Declared Disaster. If the disaster area is extended to additional areas, such as Louisiana, and LIHTC properties there are damaged by the storm, they would work with the allocating agency there.

How to Help and Stay in Compliance 

 

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