2005 Hurricanes - HUD Guidance

HUD Guidance

HUD created a central web page where it is announcing its actions to provide disaster relief. There are details of its ongoing and planned efforts: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/publications/hurricane.

On September 19, 2005, Assistant Secretary Pamela H. Patenaude signed a memorandum to all CPD Field Office Division Directors providing regulatory relief and guidance on the HOPWA Program that will enable grantees in major disaster areas and those that are "receiving" communities to better meet the housing needs of persons who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

HUD released copy of the Disaster Policy being followed by HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing.

On September 9, HUD disseminated this guidance for use of HOME funds, including Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA). This guidance was forwarded to Local PHAs and TBRA administrators.

HUD established a single toll-free housing hotline, 1-888-297-8685, to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Previously, HUD had toll-free numbers for each of the different services provided by the Department, such as FHA insured-mortgages, Section 8 rental assistance, multi-family housing, lender information and public housing residents.

HUD Press Release: HUD’S CALL TO ACTION IDENTIFIES THOUSANDS OF TEMPORARY HOMES FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA
September 7, 2005

HUD is seeking available units in HUD subsidized and insured properties across the United States that can be used to house evacuees displaced by Katrina. In presidentially-declared disasters, certain preferences are in place for displacees, and certain other HUD rules and occupancy standards are relaxed.  These special provisions are covered in Notice 04-22, dated November 10, 2004, "Disaster Recovery Guidance by Multifamily Housing After a Presidentially-Declared Disaster." On October 28, 2005 HUD issued an updated to a previous memorandum (dated September 9) titled: "Multifamily Disaster Clarification of Notice H 04-22 and Additional Guidance."

HUD extended the submission deadline date for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 HOPE VI Main Street Grants Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for those applicants located in areas designated by the President as disaster areas, and other areas that experienced major power outages due to Hurricane Katrina. The deadline was extended from Sept. 2, 2005 to Sept. 7, 2005. HUD says it is aware that recovery of many areas would not occur before this date, but that the period of the extension was limited because funding for the HOPE VI NOFA expires on September 30, 2005, and must be returned to the U.S. Treasury if not awarded by that date.

HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson discussed Hurricane Katrina housing assistance during an online chat at 4 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, September 13. The chat was offered as part of "Ask the White House" -- an online interactive forum where individuals can submit questions to Bush administration officials.

Press Release: HUD and FEMA announce comprehensive transitional housing assistance program for Katrina evacuees
September 23, 2005

Press Release: Bernardi tells house subcommittee: HUD is moving quickly to provide homes and hope to hurricane victims
September 27, 2005

Press Release: HUD Details New Katrina Disaster Housing Assistance Program
September 27, 2005

Katrina Disaster Housing Assistance Program (KDHAP) Information
(Oct. 4, 2005)

KDHAP Contact Information
KDHAP Interim Operating Requirements
Consolidated Katrina Disaster Contributions Contract
Katrina Disaster Rent Subsidy Contract and Lease Addendum

On October 3, 2005, HUD published a notice advising the public of HUD regulations and other administrative requirements governing HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) programs that have been waived in order to facilitate the delivery of safe and decent housing under these programs to families and individuals who have been displaced from their housing by Hurricane Katrina. Click here for more information.