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The federal government has announced a second application period for COVID-19 supplemental payments for affordable senior housing providers and other multifamily housing providers.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development established a second request window and updated submission requirements for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to offset COVID-19-related expenses. 

HUD is allocating up to $25 million for Section 202 Housing for the Elderly properties under two funding categories: Tier I for standard payments and Tier II for exceptional cost payments, which cover costs related to outbreaks or extensive community exposure to coronavirus. Tier II requests must be supported by documentation for line items of more than $500.

Under the new guidance, property owners, including owners of Section 202 properties, can apply for additional COVID-19 supplemental payments until Dec. 11. The request period covers costs incurred Aug. 1 through Nov. 30. Property owners that did not receive payments during the initial request period, which covered expenditures between March 27 and July 31, may resubmit for that period as well.

The supplemental payments are meant to cover eligible operating costs, including increased cleaning and disinfecting to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; intensive deep cleaning and sanitization in response to an exposure on site; technology and equipment to facilitate social distancing; personal protective equipment for staff and residents; site control measures to support shelter-in-place or visitor restriction policies; and temporary staffing, contract services, overtime pay or enhanced service coordination to support older adults or people with disabilities.

HUD updated its tips for filling out the request form.