HACB’s Notice of Implemented Actions to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus

HACB’s Notice of Implemented Actions to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, the Housing Authority of City of Brownsville (HACB) is taking extra precautionary measures to limit in-person interactions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We ask our residents and partners to call and email inquiries rather than visit our offices. We do apologize for any inconvenience. These measures are being taken in order to prioritize the health and safety of our communities and want to ensure the well-being of our residents and staff. On March 30, 2020, we will evaluate these actions and overall circumstances and decide whether to amend or remove any or all of, or add additional, actions herein.

Implemented Actions for Public Housing Residents

Effective Thursday, March 19th, HACB’s Executive Leadership Team will implement the following precautions to protect its residents:

• Suspension of notices to vacate and lease violations.
• Suspension of evictions for non-criminal activity.
• Suspension of new transfers, move-ins, and move-outs.
• Suspension of new housekeeping inspections.
• Suspension of late fees.
• Suspension of all resident activities to include Resident Councils and Youth Activities.
• Closure of all property management offices and community rooms; residents should email or call.
• Existing repayment agreements will be extended. All households who are on a repayment agreement will be sent a letter further explaining the extension.
• Rent payments should be made either by mail or placed in the respected rent drop boxes.
• Visitors for social purposes, especially at elderly properties, are strongly discouraged. Medically-related visitors and caregivers may continue to visit residents.
• Pest control services will temporarily be suspended in residents’ units, until further notice. However, pest control services will still be conducted on the exterior of buildings.

• Closure of HACB Main Office lobby, Linda Vista Office and Buena Vida Office; clients should email or call.

Residents are encouraged to call HACB’s Main Office Line at (956) 541-8315, Linda Vista Management Office (956) 541-1124, Buena Vida Management Office (956) 986-2403 , if you have any questions.

Implemented Actions for Housing Choice Vouchers Residents (Section 8)

Effective Thursday, March 19th, HACB’s Executive Leadership Team will implement the following precautions to protect its residents:

• Closure of the HACB Main Office lobby; clients should email or call.
• Suspension of all new inspections.
• Suspension of terminations.
• Suspension of new voucher issuance for current and new clients.
• Suspension of new transfers, move-ins and portabilities.
• Landlord payments will continue to be processed.

Residents are encouraged to call HACB’s Main Office Line at (956) 541-8315, if you have any questions.

Additional Actions for Residents at Villa Del Sol and Sunset Haven

Effective Thursday, March 19th, HACB’s Executive Leadership Team and Capstone Management will implement the following precautions to protect its residents:

• Visitors for social purposes, especially at these elderly sites, are strongly discouraged. Medically related visitors and caregivers may continue to visit residents.

• All visitors will need to report to the main office prior to entering the units, between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Residents are encouraged to call Villa Del Sol Management Office at (956) 546-8139, Sunset Haven Management Office at (956) 504-2800 or HACB’s Main Office Line at (956)541-8315.

With respect to HACB’s low income housing tax credit properties, preventive actions are being addressed by the respective management properties.

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