​​​Morristown Housing Authority

(Morristown, Tennessee)

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MHA has implemented the following COVID-19 waivers according to the PIH 2020-05 Notice issued 4/10/2020:

 
Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher 
 Family Income and Composition: Annual and Interim Examinations – income verification requirements: PHA will consider resident and participant self-certification as the highest form of income verification for exams done prior to July 31, 2020. Self-Certification may occur over the telephone and documented by staff via email or regular mail. If the PHA later determines there are material discrepancies in a self-certification, the PHA will take the appropriate enforcement actions according to PHA’s policy.


Public Housing
Community Service and Self-Sufficiency Requirement (CSSR): The waiver suspends the community service self-sufficiency requirement until March 31, 2021.

Over-income Families: This waiver suspends the over income requirement between now and December 31, 2020 and over income families can retain their unit under the status quo.

Review and Revision of Utility Allowances: This waiver suspends the annual requirement of reviewing utility allowances that are due in 2020. However, the review must be completed by December 31, 2020.

 

Housing Choice Voucher
Initial Inspection Requirements: MHA is accepting HUD’s waiver of initial inspections not being required prior to the beginning of the initial lease term. Instead, MHA will accept an owner's certification stating there are not any life-threatening conditions that exist in the unit. The PHA will conduct an HQS inspection of all units as soon as reasonably practical, but no later than October 31, 2020. This waiver is applicable until July 31, 2020.


Initial Inspections: The PHA is utilizing the option provided by HUD to approve HAP contracts and begin making housing assistance payments on a unit that fails initial HQS inspection providing the failure is solely for non-life-threatening deficiencies. The owner shall be given 60-days instead of the normal 30-days to repair any non-life-threatening deficiencies. The ability to extend for 60 days ends on July 31, 2020.


HUD is waiving the 15-day inspection requirement and allowing just the alternative inspection to suffice so long as the owner certifies that the owner has no life-threatening condition that exist in the unit. The PHA may add additional requirements or conditions. The HQS inspection must be conducted no later than October 31, 2020. This waiver is valid until July 31, 2020.


Interim Inspections requested prior to July 31, 2020 do not have to follow the normal regulatory time frames. Instead they must be made as soon as feasible. As a condition of this change the PHA is required to notify the owner of a reported life-threatening deficiency. The owner must either correct the life-threatening deficiency within the 24-hours or provide the adequate documentation that the reported deficiency does not exist. In the case of non-life-threatening deficiencies, the owner must make the repair or document that the deficiency does not exist within 30 days or any approved extension that the PHA makes. The PHA is not required to conduct and on-site inspection to verify the repairs have been made, but may rely on an alternative verification method such as photographs or tenant certifications.

HQS Quality Inspections: The requirement for PHAs to conduct supervisory quality control inspection of a sample of units under contract is waived until October 31, 2020.

PHA Oral Briefings: Hud requires that all families participating in the HCV program should be given an oral briefing prior to admission. The requirement is being waived and, as a substitute, HUD will allow things like webcasts, video calls, or expanded information packets a substitutes. Section 504 and ADA requirements remain. This waiver ends July 31, 2020.

HCV Term of Voucher – Extensions of Term – HUD is waiving the requirement for voucher extension to be according to Administrative Plan. Instead HUD is allowing the PHA to extend the term of vouchers according to the needs of the PHA’s community. This authority ends July 31. 2020.

Review and Revision of Utility Allowances: This waiver suspends the annual requirement of reviewing utility allowances that are due in 2020. However, the review must be completed by December 31, 2020.