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Alliance for Housing CoC COVID - 19 Community Page


Highlights of CoC System Changes

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, temporary changes have been made to Coordinated Entry. Our intention is to give agencies flexibility to lower barriers in order to respond to this crisis, while ensuring the safety of staff and households they serve.

Waiver Opportunities for CoC Programs


Most recent: On June 30, 2021 HUD released guidance on available waivers.

  • On March 31, 2021 HUD released guidance on available waivers.

  • On December 30, 2020, HUD released guidance on available waivers. This memorandum extends to March 31, 2021 select waivers from these earlier waivers set to expire on December 31, 2020.

  • On Wednesday, April 1, HUD released guidance on available waivers.

  • On May 20th HUD released waivers.

  • On October 2, 2020 HUD released the following waivers  to provide flexibility for CoC Programs in light of the challenges presented by COVID-19.


Please also note the following things: 

  • The waivers are intended to reduce burdens on clients and staff and expedite moving people into housing as quickly as possible.

  • If your agency would like to utilize these waivers, you must notify HUD of your intent to do so at least two calendar days prior to using the waiver. You do not need to get HUD’s approval, but you do need to give them a two-day notice of your intent.

  • Notification of intent to utilize a waiver must be submitted by the grantee (i.e., your agency). It is not something the CoC can submit on behalf of all providers.

  • The notification must be sent to Please cc  on any waivers you submit.

  • It is recommended your agency submits for these waivers, even if it is currently unknown the extent to which they will be needed. Doing so will provide more flexibility across programs and across our CoC.

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