Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiver

NOTICE OF SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM WAIVERS

 City of Pensacola Housing Department


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act offers waivers for numerous statutory and regulatory requirements for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.  The waivers are intended to allow administrative flexibility to housing agencies in response to the COVID-19 emergency. 

Effective July 1, 2021, the City of Pensacola Housing Department adopted the following waivers to keep the Section 8 HCV program operational to the extent practicable. On May 4, 2021, HUD revised the November 30, 2020, PIH Notice to extend the period allowing waivers to be utilized.  Revised periods of waiver availability follow:

  • Self-certification of a participant’s income is allowed for both recertification and interim exams.  Program participants and landlords do not have to complete the Request for Tenancy Continuation (RTC) form.  Period of Availability – 7/31/2020.  Extended to 12/30/20. Extended to 6/30/2021. Extended to 12/31/2021.
  • Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) Monitoring.  HUD is waiving the mandatory EIV monitoring requirements. Monthly or quarterly report must be downloaded to preserve the data for a particular month or quarter. Period of Availability – 7/31/2020. Extended to 12/30/20. Extended to 6/30/2021. Extended to 12/31/2021.
  • Waiting list opening and closing. HUD providing alternative public notice methods to include voicemail message on PHA main or general information telephone number and through PHA website.  Period of Availably – 6/30/2021. Extended to 12/31/2021.
  • All delayed biennial inspections will be completed as soon as reasonably possible but no later than one year after the date the biennial inspection would have been required absent the waiver.  PHA may rely on the owner’s certification that the owner has no reasonable basis to have knowledge that life-threatening conditions exist in the unit.  Must require owner certification, if not inspected. Delayed biennial inspections from CY 2020 must be conducted as soon as reasonably possible but no later than June 30, 2022. Delayed biennial inspections from CY 2021 must be conducted as soon reasonably possible but not later than December 31, 2022.
  • Allow alternative methods to confirm repairs are completed for any Tenant Request, Owner Request, and Special Request Inspections.  Extended to 12/30/20. Extended to 6/30/2021. Extended to 12/31/2021.
  • Housing Quality Standard Quality Control Inspections are suspended until October 1, 2021. 
  • Maximum occupancy standards are waived, if household composition for an assisted family, changes because of the COVID-19 emergency. Period of Availability – duration of the current lease or one year from May 4, 2021, whichever period of time is longer.
  • Waive the requirement to formally adopt revisions to the Section 8 HCV program Administrative Plan.  Period of Availability – 7/31/2020. Extended to 6/30/2021. Extended to 12/31/2021.
  • Waive the requirement to conduct an oral Eligibility Briefing.  Eligibility Briefings will be conducted by issuing an expanded information packet.  Period of Availability – 7/31/2020. Extended to 12/31/20. Extended to 6/30/2021. Extended to 12/31/2021. 
  • Upon request, extend the term of program participants’ vouchers in 30 day increments to November 2, 2021. Period of Availability - 5/28/2020. Extended to 11/2/2020. Extended to 6/30/2021. Extended to 12/31/2021.
  • Allow up to 120 days for the execution of a Housing Assistance Payment Contract.  Period of Availability – 7/31/2020. Extended to 12/31/20. Extended to 6/30/2021. Extended to 12/31/2021.
  • Allow a participant to be absent from the unit beyond 180 days for extenuating circumstances such as hospitalization, extended stays at nursing homes, or caring for family members.  Period of Availability – 7/31/2020. Extended to 12/31/20. Extended to 6/30/2021. Extended to 12/31/2021.
  • For families reaching self-sufficiency, the Housing Assistance Payment contract may be extended beyond the 180 day automatic termination date.  Period of Availability – 12/31/2020. Extended to 6/30/21. Extended to 12/31/2021.
  • Allow the Department to apply an increased payment standard to calculate the monthly housing assistance payment for a family at anytime, but no later than the effective date of a family's first regular reexamination following the change. Period of Availability – 12/31/2021.
  • The utility allowance schedule will be reviewed and updated on or before December 31, 2021. 

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