On August 16, 2023, HUD sent out the following information:


On August 16, 2023, HUD announced a package of regulatory and administrative waivers to allow the use HUD funding to help communities in Maui and the Island of Hawai’i accelerate their recovery from the wildfires. The announcement follows support HUD provided to families on August 11, 2023, in the wake of the fires.

“We’re committed to supporting Hawaii communities. Our deepest condolences go to those who have lost loved ones.  HUD is doing everything in our power to ensure that survivors of these devastating fires have a safe place to call home,” said HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development Marion McFadden. “After a disaster, priorities shift towards recovery. We are empowering local grantees to use existing resources for their most pressing needs and have enacted every flexibility within our authority.” 

The regulatory and administrative relief announced today covers the following HUD programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Continuum of Care (CoC). To expedite the use of these funds, HUD’s state and local partners can now access a waiver through a new simplified notification process.

For more information, please read the entire press release.