On October 31, 2022, HUD published Notice H 2022-06 announcing the continued availability of supplemental operating funds for Section 8, Section 202, and Section 811 properties to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus disease discovered in 2019 (COVID-19) and updates the process for owners of properties assisted under these programs to request funds for one or more of these purposes.
The Notice establishes a fifth request window (Round V) and updates submission requirements. The guidance includes a February 21, 2023, filing deadline for owners of properties assisted under these programs to be considered for COVID-19 Supplemental Payments (CSP). CSPs are available only to offset actual expenditures and may not fully reimburse all COVID-19-related costs.
Reimbursements are available for eligible operational expenses, including increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting common areas and property management offices or the purchase of office technology and other equipment to facilitate social distancing. Also eligible are capital improvements, such as emergency generators to protect vulnerable elderly or disabled residents, broadband Wi-Fi infrastructure, or outdoor seating areas that permit socializing with a decreased risk of virus transmission relative to indoor gatherings. A full listing of the specific eligible activities and purchases for which costs may be reimbursed through CSP can be found beginning on Page 4, while the process for requesting funds begins on Page 21 of the Notice.
Owners and Agents are urged to review the entire Notice and take advantage of this opportunity to offset some of the extraordinary operating costs their properties have experienced to help vulnerable residents in Multifamily Assisted housing properties during the pandemic.