Department of Housing and Urban Development News Briefs – June 2020

Thursday, June 4, 2020

HUD Briefs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced May 1 the allocation of $685 million in COVID-19 relief funding to public housing authorities (PHAs). The funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and can be used for preparation, prevention and/or response to a COVID-19 outbreak. HUD released a list of PHAs that will receive the aid and the amount each will receive.

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The Office of Multifamily Housing at HUD posted a recording April 8 of its COVID-19 response call, which provides an overview of applicable issues in the CARES Act. The recording discusses CARES Act funding for assisted funding, its foreclosure and eviction moratoriums and Rental Assistance Demonstration and Section 223(f) guidance. HUD will continue to post recordings on its SoundCloud page.

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report April 30 with priority recommendations to HUD. GAO outlined 17 priority open recommendations, adding eight recommendations to last year’s original list of nine such recommendations. The new recommendations include strengthening the process to address lead paint hazards, strengthening the monitoring of disaster recovery block grant funds, improving information technology and more. GAO says the priority open recommendations are for the heads of key departments because of their implementation could save money, improve decision-making, eliminate mismanagement, fraud and abuse or ensure that programs comply with laws.

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