October 5, 2022

HUD: Waivers Announced to Help Florida Communities Recover from Hurricane Ian

Announcement Represents One of the Largest Collections of Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Issued by HUD at One Time; Secretary Fudge: Waivers “Build on HUD’s Continued Post-Disaster Efforts and Unprecedented Aid from the Biden-Harris Administration”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced a package of 29 regulatory and administrative waivers aimed at helping communities in Florida accelerate their recovery from Hurricane Ian. Today’s announcement represents one of the largest collections of regulatory and administrative waivers ever issued by the Department at one time, and builds on other support HUD is providing in the wake of the storm.

“Hurricane Ian caused substantial damage to Florida communities and displaced many individuals and families from their homes,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “The waivers we are announcing today build on HUD’s continued post-disaster efforts and unprecedented aid from the Biden-Harris Administration, giving our state and local partners the flexibility they need to more expeditiously recover and rebuild from the storm. We will continue to do everything in its power to ensure that our response to the devastation of Hurricane Ian meets the magnitude of the crisis.”

The regulatory and administrative relief announced today covers the following HUD programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Continuum of Care (CoC). To expedite the use of these funds, HUD’s state and local partners can now access a waiver through a new simplified notification process. HUD’s flexibilities include:

HUD’s support for Florida communities extends beyond the package of waivers announced today. On September 30, following President Biden’s major disaster declaration, HUD announced the implementation of federal disaster relief for the state of Florida to assist state, tribal, and local recovery efforts for areas affected by Hurricane Ian beginning on September 23, 2022, and continuing. This relief included making mortgage insurance available, providing flexibility to Public Housing Agencies and assisting with housing discrimination.

Additionally, the HUD team will continue its outreach and coordination efforts with our public and private housing partners to offer support in navigating recovery and ensure the safety of residents and a fair and equitable recovery for all of the families served.

HUD plays a critical role in delivering support to communities with major disaster declaration status. After these disasters, local HUD leadership works with elected officials to check-in and offer general support in their time of need. HUD will identify points of alignment between issues raised and available HUD resources.

HUD also coordinates with federal inter-agency partners on local needs.

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