HUD Seeks Information on Vacancies; Offers Tips in Advance of Hurricane

Regulation | September 13, 2018 | by Colleen Bloom

HUD has been gearing up for hurricane Florence, which has been and is expected to continue to impact the Carolinas and parts of the East Coast in coming days. In a call held Friday, September 14 with LeadingAge and others, HUD described the way it is preparing to support the numbers of properties identified as being in the cone of the projected path of the storm, should the need arise.

In advance of need, but given the significant potential for some displacement, HUD began seeking and continues to collect information NOW on subsidized housing vacancies in the states of FL, GA, TN, KY, NY, NJ.

Owner/agents are asked to send information today on vacancies in any properties with a mandatory programmatic preference and/or owner-adopted preference to provide housing to persons impacted by disasters. Please send this information directly to your project’s account executive or through regional mailboxes, and include such details as elderly or handicapped accessible unit. HUD will be transmitting this list to FEMA tomorrow, and updating it each week, as necessary.

HUD also reminds owners of the instructions found in Chapter 38 of the management/agent handbook which includes communications by and between HUD regional offices and properties.

HUD urges owners/agents, should any of their properties be damaged in the coming storm, to proactively provide preliminary damage assessments to local HUD offices by sending them directly to the project’s account executive or through regional mailboxes. HUD says do not wait for HUD to ask for information. Please send this information directly to your project’s account executive or through regional mailboxes.

As always, everyone in non-impacted areas is urged to review HUD's Multifamily Emergency/Disaster Guidance and LeadingAge Disaster Resources to be sure you are ready.