Pursuant to the provisions of Section 41-16-23, Code of Alabama 1975, notice is hereby given that an emergency affecting the public health, safety or convenience has been declared by the Executive Director of the Alabama Housing Finance Authority (“AHFA”) due to the need to immediately implement the national Emergency Rental Assistance program (“ERA”) established by section 501 of Division N of the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Pub. L. No. 116-260 (Dec. 27,2020) (the “Act”) in order to avoid imminent evictions of households from rental dwellings and the resulting housing instability or homelessness. Under the Act, the United States Department of the Treasury is immediately funding programs in all fifty states to disburse emergency rental assistance and payments for utilities and other expenses for tenant households currently experiencing hardship due to COVID-19, with risk of eviction, homelessness, unemployment, or housing instability. AHFA, the entity designated by the State of Alabama to administer its state-level program, must immediately acquire software and computer programming, secure specialized personnel, and design a Treasury-approved application and disbursement program to commence the ERA program immediately and for the limited period ending September 30, 2021. Due to the national emergency of extended unemployment or underemployment as a result of COVID-19 and the emergency need in the State of Alabama to provide immediate housing stability relief for households facing eviction, there is insufficient time to advertise bids in order to meet these emergencies. In accordance with the emergency declaration, AHFA has entered into a consulting and program administration agreement with Horne, LLP for immediate implementation of the ERA program.
Additional information may be obtained from Jimmy McLemore, AHFA general counsel.