NAHMA HUD Update: Enroll in the Emergency Broadband, Income Limits HUD 50059, AFS, Radon Webinars

May 18, 2021

Dear NAHMA Members,

Please see the announcements below from HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing regarding:

1)      Ways to enroll in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program

2)      A reminder regarding the timing of determinations of income eligibility (Form HUD–50059)

3)      Annual financial statement (AFS) submissions

4)      Three new HUD webinars about the dangers of radon and how to manage risks associated

For more information, please view the announcement below

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 Multifamily Asset Management Update

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Multifamily assisted households are eligible to enroll in the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a Federal Communications Commission subsidy program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

EBB provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households may also be able to receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 toward the purchase price.  

A household is eligible for EBB if a member of the household meets one of these criteria:

  • Income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating Internet Service Provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Here are three ways you can encourage eligible households in your community to enroll:

Resources you can use to promote the EBB in your community:

Please check the EBB website,, for the latest information. Please send questions to [email protected].