(NAEH) What's New: FEMA Waiver, Omnibus Details, and Vaccine Information
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FEMA Waives Time Extension Requests on Non-Congregate Shelter
Due to the ongoing pandemic, FEMA has recently released a memo that waives a previous requirement for Public Assistance funded non-congregate shelters to request time extensions on these shelter operations every 30 days.
Though communities no longer need to request these time extensions every 30 days, they will still need to report basic information on these shelter operations to regional offices (the number of locations, length of stay, population type, and estimated transition date to HUD assistance), as well as follow past FEMA criteria on non-congregate shelter operations.
New Bill Includes Needed Homelessness and Housing Funds
This week, Congress passed a large omnibus bill that includes vitally needed COVID-19 emergency funding. In a new blog post, the Alliance's VP of Programs and Policy, Steve Berg, outlines key investments in emergency funding, major increases in HUD's Homeless Assistance Grants for FY 2021, and important policy changes that everyone should be aware of.
Many communities will be changing their methodologies for the upcoming Point in Time (PIT) Counts and Housing Inventory Counts (HIC) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars page from HUD includes information on how to conduct these counts, with updated guidance in light of the pandemic.