Affordable Housing Program (AHP) and Natural Disasters

September 16, 2020

Individuals and households who were displaced by the California wildfires; tropical storms Laura and Marco; Hurricane Laura; other wildfires; tropical storms and hurricanes in the summer and fall of 2020 (Disasters), may be temporarily housed in vacant AHP-assisted rental units, regardless of their income. This temporary suspension of household income limits for AHP-assisted rental projects is subject to the following conditions:

  • The displaced individual/household must have resided in a county designated on or after August 22, 2020 for Individual Assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other government designated areas as a result of the Disasters.
  • The project owner or project sponsor, as the case may be, must obtain written approval from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.
  • The time period for suspension of household income limits shall not extend beyond December 31, 2021.
  • Project owners or project sponsors, as the case may be, must maintain and certify certain information, including the name and former address of each displaced individual/household, and a statement, signed under penalty of perjury by the displaced individual/head of household, that the individual/household requires temporary housing because of damage to the individual's/household's home in an eligible county.
  • Project owners or project sponsors, as the case may be, must maintain documentation of the date the individual/household began temporary occupancy of the AHP unit and the date the occupancy ends.
  • Rents charged must not exceed the existing AHP rents for the units, except as permitted under other federal agency declarations for housing assistance for individuals/households displaced by the Disasters.
  • Existing AHP-eligible tenants may not be evicted or otherwise have their tenancy terminated as a result of efforts to provide temporary housing for displaced individuals/households. 

All other AHP project obligations and requirements remain in effect.

To learn more, contact our Housing & Community Investment Department at 888-345-2246.