The Department of Housing and Urban Development will offer one-time supplemental payments to owners of Section 8, Section 202 and Section 811 properties. The additional funding will help offset property expenditures for COVID-19 preparedness and response, according to a LeadingAge report Thursday. 

The HUD notice lets owners request new funds at two tiers: a standard base amount per property, including extra funds for seniors housing and budget-based service coordinators, and an additional payment for “exceptional” COVID-19 costs. The new payments are separate from CARES Act funds that HUD has made available to offset rent receipt declines resulting from interim income recertifications and vacancy claims.

The supplemental payments can be used to cover costs for additional cleaning and disinfecting, additional staff, personal protective equipment for staff and residents and other expenses that help keep properties safe. The agency will allow owners to submit payment requests for expenses incurred between March 27 and July 31. Requests are due by Aug. 5.