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HUD issued an additional memorandum explaining the availability of suspensions and waivers of certain statutory and regulatory requirements associated with several Community Planning and Development (CPD) grant programs, including the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program, to address damage and facilitate recovery from the remnants of Hurricane Ida in areas covered by major disaster declarations under title IV of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), DR-4614-NJ and DR-4615-NY, dated September 5, 2021, and as may be amended.
HOPWA grantees located in the New Jersey and New York counties included in the declared-disaster areas may use the statutory suspensions and regulatory waivers described in the memorandum to assist affected HOPWA program beneficiaries and HOPWA program-eligible families to address damage caused by the disaster. HOPWA grantees may also use one of the waivers (Self-Certification of Income and Credible Information on HIV Status) outside of the declared-disaster areas, as explained in the HOPWA specific section of the memorandum.
The waiver flexibility made available under the memorandum must be used to assist only eligible families who have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grantee must provide notification in writing, either through mail or e-mail, to the CPD Director of the HUD Field Office serving its jurisdiction no less than three days before the grantee anticipates using the suspension or waiver flexibility. Further directions on notifying HUD can be found in Attachment #1 to the memorandum. Each grantee must also update its program records to include written documentation of the specific conditions that justify each use of a waiver, consistent with the justifications provided in the memorandum.