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AHVP COVID-19 Program Waivers and Guidance

Date: 
03/25/2020
Author: 
DHCD

DHCD is committed to providing housing assistance during this time of uncertainty. DHCD is waiving various AHVP regulations and policies, as described in the guidance below. These policy changes will be in effect during the “state of emergency,” or until otherwise updated by further notice. 

  • DCHD is extending the 120 day time period a voucher holder has to locate a unit.
  • Until further notice, DHCD will not require evidence that a unit has passed inspection prior to occupancy. Units are still expected to comply with state building and sanitary codes.
  • Any government stimulus payments made directly to an individual shall be excluded from gross income and there will be no requirements of individuals to notify Administering Agencies (AAs) of receipt of such payments.
  • DHCD is suspending most subsidy terminations.
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