HUD: April 1 Regulatory Waiver Announcement and Explanatory Memo

April 27, 2020

AUTHORITY: US Department of Housing and Urban Development

DATE PRODUCED: April 1, 2020

TYPE: Guidance/Protocol


  • What programs and program requirements does the April 1 HUD regulatory waiver cover?
  • How does my community use this regulatory waiver?


This HUD memorandum explains the availability of waivers of certain regulatory requirements associated with several Community Planning and Development (CPD) grant programs to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to facilitate assistance to eligible communities and households economically impacted by COVID-19. This memo covers waivers of consolidated plan requirements for all CPD formula programs and program-specific waivers for the following CPD programs:

  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • Continuum of Care (CoC)

This memo also announces a simplified notification process for recipients of these programs to use this waiver flexibility to expedite the delivery of assistance. CPD Field Office Directors, Deputy Directors, and Program Managers are instructed to inform CPD recipients operating within their jurisdictions of the content of this memorandum.