Owners of properties participating in Multifamily assisted housing programs can apply for reimbursement of costs for property improvements and other measures that protect residents from COVID-19.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Multifamily Housing Programs announced today that it is opening a new application period for COVID-19 Supplemental Payment (CSP) funding. This will provide owners of Multifamily properties participating in assisted housing programs an opportunity to apply for more than $148 million in supplemental operating funds to support expenses associated with protecting residents and staff from COVID-19. Owners of properties participating in HUD’s Section 202 Housing for Low- and Very-Low Income Elderly, Section 811 Housing for Low- and Very-Low Income Persons with Disabilities, and Section 8 Project-based Rental Assistance programs are eligible to receive reimbursements from this pool of funds for eligible expenses incurred from March 27, 2020, through January 31, 2023. The deadline for applications is February 21, 2023.
“We encourage property owners to make full use of these funds to help protect HUD-assisted residents from COVID-19,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Ethan Handelman. “Reimbursements are available for capital improvements such as ventilation systems and broadband installation, as well as the extraordinary operating costs properties have experienced, to help vulnerable residents in Multifamily assisted housing properties during the pandemic.”
This latest round of funding will allow owners to submit applications for reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred for the four previously announced operating periods from March 27, 2020, through October 31, 2021, and the new operating period announced today from November 1, 2021, through January 31, 2023. HUD has expanded the current list of eligible expenses to include reimbursement for resident training on use of technology to access on-line property management portals and supportive services, and costs to enhance outdoor seating spaces to facilitate gatherings. HUD has also extended the timeframe for delivery and installation of equipment categorized under eligible capital expenses and provided additional detail on reimbursements for allowable internet infrastructure costs and emergency generator purchase eligibility. The Department does not anticipate making future CSP funding available following this round.
About COVID-19 Supplemental Payments
COVID-19 Supplemental Payment (CSP) funds were allocated by Congress under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. CSP funds help address operating cost increases incurred by owners to prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19 at their properties. These payments supplement rental assistance funding. From July 2020 through September 2021, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs has disbursed $65 million in CSPs to owners with properties participating in Multifamily assisted housing programs.