Relief From HUD Public Housing and Section 8 Requirements Available During CY 2020 and CY 2021 to Public Housing Agencies To Assist With Recovery and Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected by Presidentially Declared Major Disasters, 71936-71940 [2020-24955]

Download as PDF 71936 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 219 / Thursday, November 12, 2020 / Notices Dated: November 5, 2020. Samantha L Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2020–25039 Filed 11–10–20; 8:45 am] information about the status of their individual cases can check Case Status Online, available at the USCIS website at https://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS Contact Center at 800–375–5283 (TTY 800–767–1833). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 9111–97–P Comments DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [OMB Control Number 1615–NEW] Agency Information Collection Activities; New Collection: Report of Request/Receipt of Benefits by Aliens U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: 60-Day notice. AGENCY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment upon this proposed new collection of information. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the information collection notice is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments regarding the nature of the information collection, the categories of respondents, the estimated burden (i.e., the time, effort, and resources used by the respondents to respond), the estimated cost to the respondent, and the actual information collection instruments. DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until January 11, 2021. ADDRESSES: All submissions received must include the OMB Control Number 1615–NEW in the body of the letter, the agency name and Docket ID USCIS– 2020–0020. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal website at https://www.regulations.gov under eDocket ID number USCIS–2020–0020. USCIS is limiting communications for this Notice as a result of USCIS’ COVID– 19 response actions. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Regulatory Coordination Division, Samantha Deshommes, Chief, telephone number 240–721–3000 (This is not a toll-free number. Comments are not accepted via telephone message). Please note contact information provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice. It is not for individual case status inquiries. Applicants seeking jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Nov 10, 2020 Jkt 253001 You may access the information collection instrument with instructions or additional information by visiting the Federal eRulemaking Portal site at: https://www.regulations.gov and entering USCIS–2020–0020 in the search box. All submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https:// www.regulations.gov, and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You may wish to consider limiting the amount of personal information that you provide in any voluntary submission you make to DHS. DHS may withhold information provided in comments from public viewing that it determines may impact the privacy of an individual or is offensive. For additional information, please read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in the footer of https://www.regulations.gov. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following four points: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Overview of This Information Collection (1) Type of Information Collection: New Collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Report of Request/Receipt of Benefits by Aliens. PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the DHS sponsoring the collection: G–1558; USCIS. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Federal Government; State, local or Tribal Government. This information collection is used by any benefit granting agency to report a request of or receipt of certain benefits by an alien. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: The estimated total number of respondents for the information collection G–1558 is 2,400 and the estimated hour burden per response is 0.833 hour. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total estimated annual hour burden associated with this collection is 2,000 hours. (7) An estimate of the total public burden (in cost) associated with the collection: The estimated total annual cost burden associated with this collection of information is $18,600. Dated: November 5, 2020. Samantha L Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2020–25038 Filed 11–10–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–6050–N–04] Relief From HUD Public Housing and Section 8 Requirements Available During CY 2020 and CY 2021 to Public Housing Agencies To Assist With Recovery and Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected by Presidentially Declared Major Disasters Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, HUD. ACTION: Notification. AGENCY: This notification advises the public that HUD, in order to more effectively and expeditiously respond to Presidentially declared Major Disaster Declarations (MDDs), is establishing for calendar year (CY) 2020 and CY 2021 an expedited process for the review of requests for relief from HUD regulatory and/or administrative requirements (‘‘HUD requirements’’) for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) located in SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 219 / Thursday, November 12, 2020 / Notices counties that are included in MDDs. PHAs located in areas covered by MDDs issued for which a related disaster occurs during CY 2020 and CY 2021 may request waivers of certain HUD Public Housing and Section 8 requirements and receive expedited review of such requests utilizing the flexibilities and expedited waiver process set out by this notification. DATES: This document announces the waivers and flexibilities set out in this document as of the date of signature. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tesia Irinyenikan, Office of Field Operations, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW, Room 3180, Washington, DC 20410–5000, or email PIH_Disaster_ Relief@hud.gov. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339 (this is a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Background Information On several occasions in recent years, after Presidential disaster declarations, HUD has published documents announcing waivers and flexibilities available to PHAs, Tribes, and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) located in areas covered by MDDs.1 In the interest of expediting HUD’s ability to provide administrative relief to PHAs in MDD declaration areas, based on HUD’s past experience, HUD is publishing this notification on waivers and flexibilities that will be made 1 See, Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Public and Indian Housing Programs to Assist with Recovery and Relief in Hurricane Katrina Disaster Areas, 70 FR 57716 (October 3, 2005); Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Public and Indian Housing Programs to Assist with Recovery and Relief in Hurricane Rita Disaster Areas; and Additional Administrative Relief for Hurricane Katrina, 70 FR 66222 (November 1, 2005); Extension of Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Public and Indian Housing Programs to Assist With Recovery and Relief in Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma Disaster Areas, 71 FR 78022 (December 27, 2006); Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Public and Indian Housing Programs to Assist with Recovery and Relief in Hurricane Wilma Disaster Areas, 71 FR 12988 (March 13, 2006); Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Public and Indian Housing Programs to Assist with Recovery and Relief in Superstorm Sandy Disaster Areas, 77 FR 71439 (November 30, 2012); Relief From HUD Requirements Available to PHAs to Assist With Recovery and Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Future Natural Disasters Where Major Disaster Declarations Might be Issued in 2017, 82 FR 46821 (October 6, 2017) and; Relief From HUD Requirements Available During Calendar Year (CY) 2018 to Public Housing Agencies To Assist With Recovery and Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected by Presidentially-Declared Major Disasters, 83 FR 46180 (September 12, 2018). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Nov 10, 2020 Jkt 253001 available to PHAs on an expedited basis following MDDs. The notification is organized as follows: • Section II describes the flexibilities that are currently available to MDD PHAs under statutes and/or regulations. MDD PHAs may avail themselves of these flexibilities, following the process described in Section IV of the notification. • Section III describes certain HUD requirements that, if waived, may facilitate an MDD PHA’s ability to participate in relief and recovery efforts. An MDD PHA may request a waiver of a HUD requirement not listed in Section III and receive expedited review of the request if the MDD PHA demonstrates that the waiver is needed to assist in its relief and recovery efforts. An MDD PHA may not adopt any requested waiver prior to receiving HUD approval. • Section IV describes certain HUD requirements that, if granted an exception, may facilitate an MDD PHA’s ability to participate in relief and recovery efforts. An MDD PHA may request an exception not listed in Section IV and receive expedited review of the request if the MDD PHA demonstrates that the exception is needed to assist in its relief and recovery efforts. An MDD PHA may not adopt any requested exception prior to receiving HUD approval. • Section V provides the instructions for submitting waiver requests. • Section VI states that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to the environment has been made in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 50, which implement section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)). Waiver requests approved by HUD pursuant to this notification will be published in the Federal Register and will identify the MDD PHAs receiving such approvals. The process that HUD will use in assessing applications for waivers and flexibilities is covered below. This notification applies only to Presidentially declared MDDs that occurred during CY 2020 and CY 2021. However, upon finding of good cause, HUD may consider extending the time period of regulatory waivers or flexibilities described below, subject to statutory limitations and pursuant to 24 CFR 5.110. Pursuant to the authority provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub. L. 116–36), HUD established waivers, administrative flexibilities and alternative requirements for numerous statutory and regulatory requirements PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71937 for the Public Housing program, the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program and the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICBG) program. The Office of Public and Indian Housing’s CARES Actrelated Policy Notices, and other COVID–19 resources can be found at HUD’s Public and Indian Housing COVID–19 Resources web page, https:// www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_ indian_housing/covid_19_resources. Some of the regulatory waivers and exceptions found in Notice PIH 2020–13 (HA), REV–1 (COVID–19 Statutory and Regulatory Waivers Alternative Requirements . . .), or its replacement, are also applicable to MDD PHAs. However, the authority, pursuant to the CARES Act, to waive statutory requirements is not applicable under this notice. An MDD PHA seeking a waiver of a HUD regulation listed below, or of any other HUD requirement needed to assist the MDD PHA in its relief and recovery efforts must submit a waiver request pursuant to the process that will be provided in Section V of this notification. HUD will not approve an MDD PHA’s or other recipient’s request to waive a fair housing, civil rights, labor standards, or HUD’s environmental review requirements. II. Flexibilities That are Available to MDD PHAs During CY 2020 and CY 2021 HUD is exercising discretionary authority from section 106 of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Reform Act of 1989 and consistent with 24 CFR 5.110 to provide relief from the requirements described in this section of this notification. Upon application to HUD and appropriate documentation of good cause, HUD may approve, as noted below, regulatory relief for disaster relief and recovery to MDD PHAs. If a PHA needs the regulatory relief for more time, please submit documentation of good cause, and HUD may consider extending the flexibilities, subject to statutory limitations and pursuant to 24 CFR 5.110, to facilitate an MDD PHA’s ability to participate in relief and recovery efforts. Unless otherwise stated, the deadline for requesting waivers is four months after the initial MDD. A. 24 CFR 990.145(b) (Public housing dwelling units with approved vacancies). Section 990.145 lists the categories of vacant public housing units that are eligible to receive operating subsidy and are therefore considered to be ‘‘approved vacancies.’’ Under Section 990.145(b)(2), a PHA shall receive operating subsidy for units E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 71938 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 219 / Thursday, November 12, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES that are vacant due to a federally declared, state declared or other declared disaster, subject to prior HUD approval, on a project-by-project basis. If an MDD PHA has a unit that has been vacated due to a Presidentially-declared disaster, then the MDD PHA, with HUD approval, may treat the unit as an ‘‘approved vacancy.’’ Upon the request of an MDD PHA and HUD approval, on a case-by-case basis, such units may be considered approved vacancies for a period not to exceed 12 months from the date of HUD approval. III. HUD Requirements That May Be Waived For an MDD PHA, HUD will review requests for waivers of HUD requirements on an expedited basis. This section lists procedural and substantive requirements for regulatory waivers in event of an MDD. An MDD PHA may also request a waiver of a HUD requirement not listed in this section and receive expedited review of the request if the MDD PHA documents that the waiver is needed for major disaster relief and/or recovery. If a PHA needs the regulatory relief for more time, please submit documentation of good cause, and HUD may consider extending the waiver, subject to statutory limitations and pursuant to 24 CFR 5.110, to facilitate an MDD PHA’s ability to participate in relief and recovery efforts. PHAs should note that waivers of essential program requirements such as property inspection or income verification will not be granted in their entirety although modifications or requirements may be considered. Also, HUD’s ability to grant waivers or approval of alternative requirements imposed by statute is limited to expressed statutory authority. PHAs should go through the hierarchy of verifying income as found in PIH Notice 2018–24 if sources of income are difficult to find. Similarly, while the requirement for Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections cannot be waived, HUD can consider variations to the acceptability criteria to HQS in case of disaster (under the authority of § 982.401(a)(4)). An MDD PHA seeking a waiver of a HUD requirement listed below or of any other HUD requirement needed to assist the MDD PHA in its relief and recovery efforts must submit a waiver request pursuant to the process that will be provided in Section IV of this notification. The request must be submitted to HUD not later than 4 months following the date of the relevant disaster declaration. HUD will not approve an MDD PHA’s or other recipient’s request to waive a fair VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Nov 10, 2020 Jkt 253001 housing, civil rights, labor standards, or environmental protection requirement. A. 24 CFR 905.400(i)(5) (Capital Fund Formula; Replacement Housing Factor to reflect formula need for projects with demolition or disposition occurring on or after October 1, 1998, and prior to September 30, 2013). Section 905.400 describes the Capital Fund formula. Section 905.400(i)(5) limits the use of replacement housing funds to the development of new public housing. To help address housing needs because of the displacement caused by the MDD, HUD will consider waiving section 905.400(i)(5) to allow all unexpended Capital Fund Replacement Housing Factor Grants to be used for public housing modernization. Should HUD waive this requirement, the waiver will be in effect for funds obligated within 12 months from the date of HUD approval. B. 24 CFR 982.503(c) (HUD approval of exception payment standard amount). 24 CFR 982.503(c) authorizes HUD to approve an exception payment standard amount that is higher than 110 percent of the published fair market rent (FMR). Typically, a PHA must provide data about the local market to substantiate the need for an exception payment standard. In a major disaster declaration situation, however, the typical data sources may fail to capture conditions on the ground. In these cases, HUD considers the most recently available data on the rental market, prior to the disaster, then estimates the number of households seeking housing units in the wake of the disaster to arrive at an emergency exception payment standard amount. In the event of a disaster, HUD will consider, based on this data, whether exception payment standard amounts up to 150 percent of the FMR have a good cause justification even in the absence of supporting data. If so, an MDD PHA may request this payment standard. Upon approval by HUD, an exception payment standard adopted pursuant to this notification may be adopted for any Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract entered as of the effective date of this notification. HUD intends for these exception payment standards to remain in effect until HUD implements changes to the FMRs in the affected areas under an MDD. MDD PHAs are reminded that increased per-family costs resulting from the use of exception payment standards may result in a reduction in the number of families assisted or may require other cost-saving measures for an MDD PHA to stay within its funding limitations. C. 24 CFR 982.633(a) (Occupancy of home). This section establishes the PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 requirement that PHAs may make HAP for homeownership assistance only while a family resides in their home and must stop HAP no later than the month after a family moves out. HUD will consider a request from an MDD PHA wishing to waive this requirement to allow families displaced from their homes located in areas affected by MDD(s) to comply with mortgage terms or make necessary repairs. A PHA requesting a waiver of this type must show good cause by demonstrating that the family is not already receiving assistance from another source. Note: An MDD PHA must separately request a waiver of the requirement at § 982.312 (that a family be terminated from the program if they have been absent from their home for 180 consecutive calendar days). D. Waivers not identified FR–6050– N–04. An MDD PHA may request a waiver of HUD requirement not listed in Section III of this notice. Please be reminded that HUD will only consider waivers or flexibilities subject to statutory limitations and pursuant to 24 CFR 5.110. COVID–19 MDDs are not covered under this notice. Agencies seeking administrative or regulatory relief due to a COVID–19 MDD, must follow the guidance prescribed in specific COVID–19 notices issued by the Office of Public and Indian Housing, pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub. L. 136–36). See e.g., PIH Notice 2020–05, issued April 10, 2020. IV. Exceptions Notice PIH 2012–10, Section 8(c) (Verification of the Social Security Number (SSN)). PHAs are required to transmit form HUD–50058 not later than 30 calendar days following receipt of an applicant’s or participant’s SSN documentation. HUD is willing to consider a request to extend this requirement to 90 calendar days, for a period not to exceed 12 months from the date of HUD approval. V. Notification and Expedited Waiver Process During CY 2020 and CY2021— Instructions HUD has developed a checklist (Attachment A to this notification) that an MDD PHA must complete and submit to take advantage of the provisions identified in this notification and the expedited review of waiver requests. Each provision on the checklist indicates the documentation that must accompany the MDD PHA’s submission. Each request for a waiver (Section 3 of the checklist) must include a good-cause justification stating why E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 219 / Thursday, November 12, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES the waiver is needed for the PHA’s relief and recovery efforts. To complete the checklist, take the following steps: 1. Copy and paste the checklist found in Attachment A into a new document on your computer, saving the document with the following filename format: FR–6050–N–04–XX123. The Federal Register docket number (FR–6050–N– 04), a hyphen, then your Agency’s HA Code. For example: FR–6050–N–04– AL123. HUD will consider other methods of submission as needed. 2. Complete the section titled ‘‘Information about Requesting Agency’’ in its entirety. This section must be complete. An official of the MDD PHA must sign where indicated. If the information about the requesting agency is incomplete or the checklist has not been signed, then the checklist will be returned without review. 3. Complete Sections 1, 2, and/or 3 of the checklist, as applicable, noting the documentation (if any) that accompanies each provision. 4. Address an email to both PIH_Disaster_Relief@hud.gov and your HUD Field Office Public Housing Director. In the subject line, type ‘‘PHA Name—PHA Code—MDD Disaster Relief—Month and Year’’. For example, Allenway Housing Authority—AL123– MDD Disaster Relief—October 2020. 5. Attach the completed checklist, letter of justification, and all supporting documentation as applicable to your email. 6. Click ‘‘Send.’’ Checklists and any supporting documentation or information must be submitted not later than 4 months following the MDD. Requests submitted AFTER that time period will not be considered except in special cases outside of the agency’s control. VI. Finding of No Significant Impact A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to the environment has been made in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 50, which implement section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)). The FONSI is available for public inspection between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays in the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410–0500. Due to security measures at the HUD Headquarters building, an advance appointment to review the docket file must be scheduled by calling the Regulations Division at 202–708–3055 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Nov 10, 2020 Jkt 253001 (this is not a toll-free number). Hearingor speech-impaired individuals may access this number through TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at 800– 877–8339 (this is a toll-free number). R. Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. Attachment A—Checklist Relief From HUD Public Housing and Section 8 Requirements Available During CY 2020 and CY 2021 to Public Housing Agencies To Assist With Recovery and Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected by Presidentially Declared Major Disasters Information About Requesting Agency NAME OF PHA: lll PHA CODE: lll Address: lll City or Locality: (must be covered under PDD) lll Parish: lll Date of Submission: lll Signature of PHA Official: lll Name/Title of PHA Official: lll Phone number of PHA Official: lll Section 1. List the PresidentiallyDeclared Major Disaster your agency is under: lll Section 2. Insert an ‘‘X’’ next to the applicable flexibilities. An MDD PHA may adopt the flexibilities listed below. llA. 24 CFR 990.145(b) (Public housing dwelling units with approved vacancies). (Public Housing Financial Management Division) My agency requests HUD approval to treat certain vacant public housing units in our inventory as approved vacancies for the continued receipt of Operating Subsidy. I have attached a project-byproject listing of the units for which this approval is requested. I understand that any units that remain vacant shall be considered approved vacancies only for a period not to exceed 12 months from the date of HUD approval. Section 3. Insert an ‘‘X’’ next to the applicable waiver requests. An MDD PHA may request a waiver of a HUD requirement listed below or of any other HUD requirement and receive expedited review of the request, if the MDD PHA demonstrates that the waiver is needed for relief and recovery purposes. Each request must include a good-cause justification for the waiver, documenting why the waiver is needed for such purposes. No requested waiver may be implemented unless and until written approval from HUD has been obtained. PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71939 llA. 24 CFR 905.400(i)(5) (Capital Fund Formula; Replacement Housing Factor to reflect formula needs for projects with demolition or disposition occurring on or after October 1, 1998, and prior to September 2013). (Office of Capital Improvements) My agency requests a waiver of 24 CFR 905.400(i)(5) to allow for the use of Capital Fund Replacement Housing Factor grants with undisbursed balances for public housing modernization. I understand that this waiver will be in effect only for funds obligated within 12 months from the date of HUD approval. llB. 24 CFR 982.503(c) (HUD approval of exception payment standard amount). (Housing Voucher Management and Operations) My agency requests to establish an exception payment standard amount that is higher than 110 percent of the published fair market rent (FMR). I have attached our proposed emergency exception payment standard schedule, which shows both the dollar amounts requested and those amounts as a percentage of the FMRs in effect at the time of the request. I understand that any approved exception payment standard will remain in effect until HUD revises the FMRs for the area. I also understand that increased per-family costs resulting from the use of such exception payment standard may result in a reduction in the number of families assisted or may require my agency to adopt other cost-saving measures. llC. 24 CFR 982.633(a) (Occupancy of home). (Housing Voucher Management and Operations) My agency requests a waiver of 24 CFR 982.633(a) so that we may continue HAP for homeownership for families displaced from their homes if needed to comply with mortgage terms or make necessary repairs. We have determined that the family is not receiving assistance from another source. I understand that such payments must cease if the family remains absent from their home for more than 180 consecutive calendar days. llD. Waivers not identified in the PIH Notice, Relief from HUD Public Housing and Section 8 Requirements Available During CY2020 and 2021 to PHAs to Assist with Recovery and Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected by Presidentially Declared Major Disasters [FR–6050–N–04]. My agency seeks waivers of the HUD requirements listed below. None of the requests are to waive a fair housing, civil rights, labor standards, or environmental review requirements. I have included documentation justifying the need for the waivers. E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 71940 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 219 / Thursday, November 12, 2020 / Notices Section 4. Insert an ‘‘X’’ next to the applicable exception request. An MDD PHA may request an exception of the HUD requirement listed below and receive expedited review of the request, if the MDD PHA demonstrates that the exception is needed for relief and recovery purposes. Each request must include a good-cause justification for the exception, documenting why the exception is needed for such purposes. No requested exception may be implemented unless and until written approval from HUD has been obtained. llNotice PIH 2012–10, Section 8(c) (Verification of the Social Security Number (SSN)). (Real Estate Assessment Center) My agency requests a waiver of section 8(c) of Notice PIH 2012–10 to allow for the submission of Form HUD– 50058 90 calendars days from receipt of an applicant’s or participant’s SSN documentation. I understand that this waiver will be in effect for a period not to exceed 12 months from the date of HUD approval. Regulation Description Example: 24 CFR 982.54. Example: A waiver of this regulation will facilitate our agency’s capacity to participate in relief and recovery efforts by [FR Doc. 2020–24955 Filed 11–10–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R1–ES–2020–N144; FXES11130100000–212–FF01E00000] Endangered Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Application AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Interior. Notice of receipt of permit application; request for comments. ACTION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an application for a permit to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation and survival of endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on this application. Before issuing the requested permit, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period. DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before December 14, 2020. ADDRESSES: Document availability and comment submission: Submit a request for a copy of the application and related documents and submit any comments by one of the following methods. All requests and comments should specify the applicant name and application number (e.g., Dana Ross TE–08964A–2): • Email: permitsR1ES@fws.gov. • U.S. Mail: Marilet Zablan, Program Manager, Restoration and Endangered Species Classification, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland Regional Office, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232–4181. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colleen Henson, Regional Recovery Permit Coordinator, Ecological Services, (503) 231–6131 (phone); permitsR1ES@ fws.gov (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877– 8339 for TTY assistance. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on an application for a permit under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The requested permit would SUMMARY: allow the applicant to conduct activities intended to promote recovery of species that are listed as endangered under the ESA. Background With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities that constitute take of listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that allows such activity. The ESA’s definition of ‘‘take’’ includes such activities as pursuing, harassing, trapping, capturing, or collecting, in addition to hunting, shooting, harming, wounding, or killing. A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. These activities often include such prohibited actions as capture and collection. Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species. Permit Application Available for Review and Comment Proposed activities in the following permit request are for the recovery and enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in the wild. The ESA requires that we invite public comment before issuing this permit. Accordingly, we invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public to submit written data, views, or arguments with respect to this application. The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are those supported by quantitative information or studies. Application No. Applicant, city, state Species Location Take activity TE–48278D .... Archipelago Research and Conservation, Kalaheo, HI. Band-rumped storm-petrel (Oceanodroma castro) Hawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis). Hawaii ............ Harass by survey; monitor nests; capture; handle; band; biosample; conduct scent research; telemetry/ tagging; release; install train and burrow cameras, artificial burrows, and social attraction arrays; and salvage. Public Availability of Comments Written comments we receive become part of the administrative record VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Nov 10, 2020 Jkt 253001 associated with this action. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Permit action Amend. comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-6050-N-04]


Relief From HUD Public Housing and Section 8 Requirements 
Available During CY 2020 and CY 2021 to Public Housing Agencies To 
Assist With Recovery and Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected 
by Presidentially Declared Major Disasters

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian 
Housing, HUD.

ACTION: Notification.

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SUMMARY: This notification advises the public that HUD, in order to 
more effectively and expeditiously respond to Presidentially declared 
Major Disaster Declarations (MDDs), is establishing for calendar year 
(CY) 2020 and CY 2021 an expedited process for the review of requests 
for relief from HUD regulatory and/or administrative requirements 
(``HUD requirements'') for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) located in

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counties that are included in MDDs. PHAs located in areas covered by 
MDDs issued for which a related disaster occurs during CY 2020 and CY 
2021 may request waivers of certain HUD Public Housing and Section 8 
requirements and receive expedited review of such requests utilizing 
the flexibilities and expedited waiver process set out by this 
notification.

DATES: This document announces the waivers and flexibilities set out in 
this document as of the date of signature.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tesia Irinyenikan, Office of Field 
Operations, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing 
and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW, Room 3180, Washington, DC 
20410-5000, or email [email protected]. Persons with hearing 
or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the 
Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (this is a toll-free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background Information

    On several occasions in recent years, after Presidential disaster 
declarations, HUD has published documents announcing waivers and 
flexibilities available to PHAs, Tribes, and Tribally Designated 
Housing Entities (TDHEs) located in areas covered by MDDs.\1\ In the 
interest of expediting HUD's ability to provide administrative relief 
to PHAs in MDD declaration areas, based on HUD's past experience, HUD 
is publishing this notification on waivers and flexibilities that will 
be made available to PHAs on an expedited basis following MDDs. The 
notification is organized as follows:
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    \1\ See, Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for 
Public and Indian Housing Programs to Assist with Recovery and 
Relief in Hurricane Katrina Disaster Areas, 70 FR 57716 (October 3, 
2005); Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Public and 
Indian Housing Programs to Assist with Recovery and Relief in 
Hurricane Rita Disaster Areas; and Additional Administrative Relief 
for Hurricane Katrina, 70 FR 66222 (November 1, 2005); Extension of 
Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Public and Indian 
Housing Programs to Assist With Recovery and Relief in Hurricanes 
Katrina, Rita, and Wilma Disaster Areas, 71 FR 78022 (December 27, 
2006); Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Public and 
Indian Housing Programs to Assist with Recovery and Relief in 
Hurricane Wilma Disaster Areas, 71 FR 12988 (March 13, 2006); 
Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Public and Indian 
Housing Programs to Assist with Recovery and Relief in Superstorm 
Sandy Disaster Areas, 77 FR 71439 (November 30, 2012); Relief From 
HUD Requirements Available to PHAs to Assist With Recovery and 
Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, 
Irma, Maria and Future Natural Disasters Where Major Disaster 
Declarations Might be Issued in 2017, 82 FR 46821 (October 6, 2017) 
and; Relief From HUD Requirements Available During Calendar Year 
(CY) 2018 to Public Housing Agencies To Assist With Recovery and 
Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected by Presidentially-
Declared Major Disasters, 83 FR 46180 (September 12, 2018).
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     Section II describes the flexibilities that are currently 
available to MDD PHAs under statutes and/or regulations. MDD PHAs may 
avail themselves of these flexibilities, following the process 
described in Section IV of the notification.
     Section III describes certain HUD requirements that, if 
waived, may facilitate an MDD PHA's ability to participate in relief 
and recovery efforts. An MDD PHA may request a waiver of a HUD 
requirement not listed in Section III and receive expedited review of 
the request if the MDD PHA demonstrates that the waiver is needed to 
assist in its relief and recovery efforts. An MDD PHA may not adopt any 
requested waiver prior to receiving HUD approval.
     Section IV describes certain HUD requirements that, if 
granted an exception, may facilitate an MDD PHA's ability to 
participate in relief and recovery efforts. An MDD PHA may request an 
exception not listed in Section IV and receive expedited review of the 
request if the MDD PHA demonstrates that the exception is needed to 
assist in its relief and recovery efforts. An MDD PHA may not adopt any 
requested exception prior to receiving HUD approval.
     Section V provides the instructions for submitting waiver 
requests.
     Section VI states that a Finding of No Significant Impact 
(FONSI) with respect to the environment has been made in accordance 
with HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 50, which implement section 
102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 
4332(2)(C)).
    Waiver requests approved by HUD pursuant to this notification will 
be published in the Federal Register and will identify the MDD PHAs 
receiving such approvals. The process that HUD will use in assessing 
applications for waivers and flexibilities is covered below.
    This notification applies only to Presidentially declared MDDs that 
occurred during CY 2020 and CY 2021. However, upon finding of good 
cause, HUD may consider extending the time period of regulatory waivers 
or flexibilities described below, subject to statutory limitations and 
pursuant to 24 CFR 5.110.
    Pursuant to the authority provided under the Coronavirus Aid, 
Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub. L. 116-36), HUD 
established waivers, administrative flexibilities and alternative 
requirements for numerous statutory and regulatory requirements for the 
Public Housing program, the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, 
Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program and the Indian Community 
Development Block Grant (ICBG) program. The Office of Public and Indian 
Housing's CARES Act-related Policy Notices, and other COVID-19 
resources can be found at HUD's Public and Indian Housing COVID-19 
Resources web page, https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/covid_19_resources.
    Some of the regulatory waivers and exceptions found in Notice PIH 
2020-13 (HA), REV-1 (COVID-19 Statutory and Regulatory Waivers 
Alternative Requirements . . .), or its replacement, are also 
applicable to MDD PHAs. However, the authority, pursuant to the CARES 
Act, to waive statutory requirements is not applicable under this 
notice. An MDD PHA seeking a waiver of a HUD regulation listed below, 
or of any other HUD requirement needed to assist the MDD PHA in its 
relief and recovery efforts must submit a waiver request pursuant to 
the process that will be provided in Section V of this notification. 
HUD will not approve an MDD PHA's or other recipient's request to waive 
a fair housing, civil rights, labor standards, or HUD's environmental 
review requirements.

II. Flexibilities That are Available to MDD PHAs During CY 2020 and CY 
2021

    HUD is exercising discretionary authority from section 106 of the 
Department of Housing and Urban Development Reform Act of 1989 and 
consistent with 24 CFR 5.110 to provide relief from the requirements 
described in this section of this notification. Upon application to HUD 
and appropriate documentation of good cause, HUD may approve, as noted 
below, regulatory relief for disaster relief and recovery to MDD PHAs. 
If a PHA needs the regulatory relief for more time, please submit 
documentation of good cause, and HUD may consider extending the 
flexibilities, subject to statutory limitations and pursuant to 24 CFR 
5.110, to facilitate an MDD PHA's ability to participate in relief and 
recovery efforts. Unless otherwise stated, the deadline for requesting 
waivers is four months after the initial MDD.
    A. 24 CFR 990.145(b) (Public housing dwelling units with approved 
vacancies). Section 990.145 lists the categories of vacant public 
housing units that are eligible to receive operating subsidy and are 
therefore considered to be ``approved vacancies.'' Under Section 
990.145(b)(2), a PHA shall receive operating subsidy for units

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that are vacant due to a federally declared, state declared or other 
declared disaster, subject to prior HUD approval, on a project-by-
project basis. If an MDD PHA has a unit that has been vacated due to a 
Presidentially-declared disaster, then the MDD PHA, with HUD approval, 
may treat the unit as an ``approved vacancy.'' Upon the request of an 
MDD PHA and HUD approval, on a case-by-case basis, such units may be 
considered approved vacancies for a period not to exceed 12 months from 
the date of HUD approval.

III. HUD Requirements That May Be Waived

    For an MDD PHA, HUD will review requests for waivers of HUD 
requirements on an expedited basis. This section lists procedural and 
substantive requirements for regulatory waivers in event of an MDD. An 
MDD PHA may also request a waiver of a HUD requirement not listed in 
this section and receive expedited review of the request if the MDD PHA 
documents that the waiver is needed for major disaster relief and/or 
recovery. If a PHA needs the regulatory relief for more time, please 
submit documentation of good cause, and HUD may consider extending the 
waiver, subject to statutory limitations and pursuant to 24 CFR 5.110, 
to facilitate an MDD PHA's ability to participate in relief and 
recovery efforts. PHAs should note that waivers of essential program 
requirements such as property inspection or income verification will 
not be granted in their entirety although modifications or requirements 
may be considered. Also, HUD's ability to grant waivers or approval of 
alternative requirements imposed by statute is limited to expressed 
statutory authority. PHAs should go through the hierarchy of verifying 
income as found in PIH Notice 2018-24 if sources of income are 
difficult to find. Similarly, while the requirement for Housing Quality 
Standards (HQS) inspections cannot be waived, HUD can consider 
variations to the acceptability criteria to HQS in case of disaster 
(under the authority of Sec.  982.401(a)(4)).
    An MDD PHA seeking a waiver of a HUD requirement listed below or of 
any other HUD requirement needed to assist the MDD PHA in its relief 
and recovery efforts must submit a waiver request pursuant to the 
process that will be provided in Section IV of this notification. The 
request must be submitted to HUD not later than 4 months following the 
date of the relevant disaster declaration. HUD will not approve an MDD 
PHA's or other recipient's request to waive a fair housing, civil 
rights, labor standards, or environmental protection requirement.
    A. 24 CFR 905.400(i)(5) (Capital Fund Formula; Replacement Housing 
Factor to reflect formula need for projects with demolition or 
disposition occurring on or after October 1, 1998, and prior to 
September 30, 2013). Section 905.400 describes the Capital Fund 
formula. Section 905.400(i)(5) limits the use of replacement housing 
funds to the development of new public housing. To help address housing 
needs because of the displacement caused by the MDD, HUD will consider 
waiving section 905.400(i)(5) to allow all unexpended Capital Fund 
Replacement Housing Factor Grants to be used for public housing 
modernization. Should HUD waive this requirement, the waiver will be in 
effect for funds obligated within 12 months from the date of HUD 
approval.
    B. 24 CFR 982.503(c) (HUD approval of exception payment standard 
amount). 24 CFR 982.503(c) authorizes HUD to approve an exception 
payment standard amount that is higher than 110 percent of the 
published fair market rent (FMR). Typically, a PHA must provide data 
about the local market to substantiate the need for an exception 
payment standard. In a major disaster declaration situation, however, 
the typical data sources may fail to capture conditions on the ground. 
In these cases, HUD considers the most recently available data on the 
rental market, prior to the disaster, then estimates the number of 
households seeking housing units in the wake of the disaster to arrive 
at an emergency exception payment standard amount. In the event of a 
disaster, HUD will consider, based on this data, whether exception 
payment standard amounts up to 150 percent of the FMR have a good cause 
justification even in the absence of supporting data. If so, an MDD PHA 
may request this payment standard. Upon approval by HUD, an exception 
payment standard adopted pursuant to this notification may be adopted 
for any Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract entered as of the 
effective date of this notification. HUD intends for these exception 
payment standards to remain in effect until HUD implements changes to 
the FMRs in the affected areas under an MDD. MDD PHAs are reminded that 
increased per-family costs resulting from the use of exception payment 
standards may result in a reduction in the number of families assisted 
or may require other cost-saving measures for an MDD PHA to stay within 
its funding limitations.
    C. 24 CFR 982.633(a) (Occupancy of home). This section establishes 
the requirement that PHAs may make HAP for homeownership assistance 
only while a family resides in their home and must stop HAP no later 
than the month after a family moves out. HUD will consider a request 
from an MDD PHA wishing to waive this requirement to allow families 
displaced from their homes located in areas affected by MDD(s) to 
comply with mortgage terms or make necessary repairs. A PHA requesting 
a waiver of this type must show good cause by demonstrating that the 
family is not already receiving assistance from another source. Note: 
An MDD PHA must separately request a waiver of the requirement at Sec.  
982.312 (that a family be terminated from the program if they have been 
absent from their home for 180 consecutive calendar days).
    D. Waivers not identified FR-6050- N-04. An MDD PHA may request a 
waiver of HUD requirement not listed in Section III of this notice. 
Please be reminded that HUD will only consider waivers or flexibilities 
subject to statutory limitations and pursuant to 24 CFR 5.110. COVID-19 
MDDs are not covered under this notice. Agencies seeking administrative 
or regulatory relief due to a COVID-19 MDD, must follow the guidance 
prescribed in specific COVID-19 notices issued by the Office of Public 
and Indian Housing, pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and 
Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub. L. 136-36). See e.g., PIH Notice 
2020-05, issued April 10, 2020.

IV. Exceptions

    Notice PIH 2012-10, Section 8(c) (Verification of the Social 
Security Number (SSN)). PHAs are required to transmit form HUD-50058 
not later than 30 calendar days following receipt of an applicant's or 
participant's SSN documentation. HUD is willing to consider a request 
to extend this requirement to 90 calendar days, for a period not to 
exceed 12 months from the date of HUD approval.

V. Notification and Expedited Waiver Process During CY 2020 and 
CY2021--Instructions

    HUD has developed a checklist (Attachment A to this notification) 
that an MDD PHA must complete and submit to take advantage of the 
provisions identified in this notification and the expedited review of 
waiver requests. Each provision on the checklist indicates the 
documentation that must accompany the MDD PHA's submission. Each 
request for a waiver (Section 3 of the checklist) must include a good-
cause justification stating why

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the waiver is needed for the PHA's relief and recovery efforts.
    To complete the checklist, take the following steps:
    1. Copy and paste the checklist found in Attachment A into a new 
document on your computer, saving the document with the following 
filename format: FR-6050-N-04-XX123. The Federal Register docket number 
(FR-6050-N-04), a hyphen, then your Agency's HA Code. For example: FR-
6050-N-04-AL123. HUD will consider other methods of submission as 
needed.
    2. Complete the section titled ``Information about Requesting 
Agency'' in its entirety. This section must be complete. An official of 
the MDD PHA must sign where indicated. If the information about the 
requesting agency is incomplete or the checklist has not been signed, 
then the checklist will be returned without review.
    3. Complete Sections 1, 2, and/or 3 of the checklist, as 
applicable, noting the documentation (if any) that accompanies each 
provision.
    4. Address an email to both [email protected] and your 
HUD Field Office Public Housing Director. In the subject line, type 
``PHA Name--PHA Code--MDD Disaster Relief--Month and Year''. For 
example, Allenway Housing Authority--AL123-MDD Disaster Relief--October 
2020.
    5. Attach the completed checklist, letter of justification, and all 
supporting documentation as applicable to your email.
    6. Click ``Send.''
    Checklists and any supporting documentation or information must be 
submitted not later than 4 months following the MDD. Requests submitted 
AFTER that time period will not be considered except in special cases 
outside of the agency's control.

VI. Finding of No Significant Impact

    A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to the 
environment has been made in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 
part 50, which implement section 102(2)(C) of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)).
    The FONSI is available for public inspection between 8 a.m. and 5 
p.m. weekdays in the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, 
Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 
10276, Washington, DC 20410-0500. Due to security measures at the HUD 
Headquarters building, an advance appointment to review the docket file 
must be scheduled by calling the Regulations Division at 202-708-3055 
(this is not a toll-free number). Hearing- or speech-impaired 
individuals may access this number through TTY by calling the Federal 
Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (this is a toll-free number).

R. Hunter Kurtz,
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

Attachment A--Checklist

Relief From HUD Public Housing and Section 8 Requirements Available 
During CY 2020 and CY 2021 to Public Housing Agencies To Assist With 
Recovery and Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected by 
Presidentially Declared Major Disasters

Information About Requesting Agency

NAME OF PHA: ___
PHA CODE: ___
Address: ___
City or Locality: (must be covered under PDD) ___
Parish: ___
Date of Submission: ___
Signature of PHA Official: ___
Name/Title of PHA Official: ___
Phone number of PHA Official: ___

Section 1. List the Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster your agency 
is under: ___

Section 2. Insert an ``X'' next to the applicable flexibilities.

    An MDD PHA may adopt the flexibilities listed below.
__A. 24 CFR 990.145(b) (Public housing dwelling units with approved 
vacancies). (Public Housing Financial Management Division)
    My agency requests HUD approval to treat certain vacant public 
housing units in our inventory as approved vacancies for the continued 
receipt of Operating Subsidy. I have attached a project-by-project 
listing of the units for which this approval is requested. I understand 
that any units that remain vacant shall be considered approved 
vacancies only for a period not to exceed 12 months from the date of 
HUD approval.

Section 3. Insert an ``X'' next to the applicable waiver requests.

    An MDD PHA may request a waiver of a HUD requirement listed below 
or of any other HUD requirement and receive expedited review of the 
request, if the MDD PHA demonstrates that the waiver is needed for 
relief and recovery purposes. Each request must include a good-cause 
justification for the waiver, documenting why the waiver is needed for 
such purposes. No requested waiver may be implemented unless and until 
written approval from HUD has been obtained.
__A. 24 CFR 905.400(i)(5) (Capital Fund Formula; Replacement Housing 
Factor to reflect formula needs for projects with demolition or 
disposition occurring on or after October 1, 1998, and prior to 
September 2013). (Office of Capital Improvements)
    My agency requests a waiver of 24 CFR 905.400(i)(5) to allow for 
the use of Capital Fund Replacement Housing Factor grants with 
undisbursed balances for public housing modernization. I understand 
that this waiver will be in effect only for funds obligated within 12 
months from the date of HUD approval.
__B. 24 CFR 982.503(c) (HUD approval of exception payment standard 
amount). (Housing Voucher Management and Operations)
    My agency requests to establish an exception payment standard 
amount that is higher than 110 percent of the published fair market 
rent (FMR). I have attached our proposed emergency exception payment 
standard schedule, which shows both the dollar amounts requested and 
those amounts as a percentage of the FMRs in effect at the time of the 
request. I understand that any approved exception payment standard will 
remain in effect until HUD revises the FMRs for the area. I also 
understand that increased per-family costs resulting from the use of 
such exception payment standard may result in a reduction in the number 
of families assisted or may require my agency to adopt other cost-
saving measures.
__C. 24 CFR 982.633(a) (Occupancy of home). (Housing Voucher Management 
and Operations)
    My agency requests a waiver of 24 CFR 982.633(a) so that we may 
continue HAP for homeownership for families displaced from their homes 
if needed to comply with mortgage terms or make necessary repairs. We 
have determined that the family is not receiving assistance from 
another source. I understand that such payments must cease if the 
family remains absent from their home for more than 180 consecutive 
calendar days.
__D. Waivers not identified in the PIH Notice, Relief from HUD Public 
Housing and Section 8 Requirements Available During CY2020 and 2021 to 
PHAs to Assist with Recovery and Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families 
Affected by Presidentially Declared Major Disasters [FR-6050-N-04].
    My agency seeks waivers of the HUD requirements listed below. None 
of the requests are to waive a fair housing, civil rights, labor 
standards, or environmental review requirements. I have included 
documentation justifying the need for the waivers.

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Section 4. Insert an ``X'' next to the applicable exception request.

    An MDD PHA may request an exception of the HUD requirement listed 
below and receive expedited review of the request, if the MDD PHA 
demonstrates that the exception is needed for relief and recovery 
purposes. Each request must include a good-cause justification for the 
exception, documenting why the exception is needed for such purposes. 
No requested exception may be implemented unless and until written 
approval from HUD has been obtained.
__Notice PIH 2012-10, Section 8(c) (Verification of the Social Security 
Number (SSN)). (Real Estate Assessment Center)
    My agency requests a waiver of section 8(c) of Notice PIH 2012-10 
to allow for the submission of Form HUD-50058 90 calendars days from 
receipt of an applicant's or participant's SSN documentation. I 
understand that this waiver will be in effect for a period not to 
exceed 12 months from the date of HUD approval.

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                Regulation                           Description
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Example: 24 CFR 982.54....................  Example: A waiver of this
                                             regulation will facilitate
                                             our agency's capacity to
                                             participate in relief and
                                             recovery efforts by
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