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The NLIHC-led Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition is pushing for a broad array of resources and protections, including emergency rental assistance and eviction prevention assistance, a national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, and emergency funds for homelessness service providers, housing authorities, and housing providers, among other recommendations. For more information, download our recommendations on the federal response to the coronavirus below. You can also visit our dedicated webpage outlining our requests to Congress.

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  • National Updates

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) sent a joint letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in which they discuss the urgent need to pass the “Housing Survivors of Major Disasters Act” (S. 1605, H.R. 2914).

    During the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs June 9 hearingSenator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) asked HUD Secretary Ben Carson, “how many people are going to be homeless? How many people are going to lose their homes, and what are you as an administration going to do about it?”

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is increasing pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to approve the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act,” as included in the HEROES Act, in the next coronavirus relief package. 

    Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Mike Levin (D-CA) and Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the “Homeless Veteran Coronavirus Response Act” (H.R. 2223, S. 3898) on June 4, which would provide the Department of Veterans Affairs with flexibility to care for veterans experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

    Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke at a virtual roundtable hosted by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, an NLIHC state partner, to discuss the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stability Act.”

    Updated on June 12, 2020.

    Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) penned an op-ed in the Colorado Sun urging Congress to directly address the housing crisis in the next relief package. In addition to drawing from proposals in the “Evictions Crisis Act,” which he introduced with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) in December, Senate Bennet proposed including $100 billion in emergency rental assistance, $20 billion to fight homelessness and expand vouchers, and increased resources for state and local governments.

    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wrote to HUD Secretary Ben Carson on May 22, urging the department to quickly distribute more than $9 billion in housing and homelessness assistance appropriated by Congress through the CARES Act.

    Congressman David Price (D-NC), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) sent a letter to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, urging the department to immediately take steps to ensure that CARES Act funds are promptly disbursed to state and local governments.
    Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) penned an op-ed in the Richland Source discussing the urgent need for his bill, the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act,” to be included in the next coronavirus relief package. 
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) emphasized the urgency of passing the next coronavirus relief bill despite Republican lawmakers’ opposition. “They may think it’s okay to pause but people are hungry across America, hunger doesn’t take a pause. People are jobless across America, that doesn’t take a pause. People don’t know how they’re going to pay their rent across the country. We have to address this with humanity,” she added. 
    “The HEROES Act tailors aid to the hardest hit Americans, and I’m proud to have written the provision that directs a large portion of the bill’s funds toward rental assistance for those who most need it,” said Representative Denny Heck (D-WA).

    The House voted to approve the “HEROES Act” on May 15. The White House and Senate Republicans have denounced the bill. The HEROES Act provides $200 billion in housing and homelessness resources, including NLIHC’s top priorities to ensure housing stability during and after the coronavirus pandemic for people experiencing homelessness and America’s lowest-income and most marginalized people. For more details on the HEROES Act, see NLIHC’s analysis.

    Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) discussed in an op-ed how the coronavirus crisis is exacerbating America’s preexisting housing crisis, and urged Congress to provide significant housing resources, including additional rental assistance, funding for public housing, assistance for people experiencing homelessness, and funds for Native American tribes.

    Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and 27 of her Senate colleagues sent a letter on April 7 urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to take the steps necessary to ensure that people experiencing homelessness receive coronavirus relief payments.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Democrats are considering approximately $1 trillion in state and local government needs for the next coronavirus spending bill. Republican lawmakers, however, rejected the idea of providing such a significant amount of money to state and local budgets. House Democrats are considering a variety of other provisions, including money for health care providers, food stamps, direct payments to individuals, housing assistance, and others. Pelosi suggested that the House will be returning to the Capitol the week of May 11.

    Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released a report on April 30 detailing the disproportionate impact that the coronavirus is having on communities of color. The report also lists Democratic priorities for future coronavirus relief packages, including funding to address the urgent needs of people experiencing homelessness and emergency rental assistance for low-income renters. 

    House Democrats are moving quickly on plans to create a fourth coronavirus stimulus package. “This fourth package will be about recovery” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Some predict an even harder battle to get the bill passed.

    Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Marc Veasey (D-TX), and 40 of their colleagues wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig urging them to take action to address the barriers that could prevent individuals experiencing homeless from receiving their stimulus checks.

    Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced on April 17 a bill to cancel rental and home mortgage payments during COVID-19. Read more about the “Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act” in NLIHC's Memo to Members. Read the press release from Rep. Omar here:

    Representatives Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-IL), Adriana Espaillat (D-NY), and 49 of their colleagues sent a letter House and Senate leadership urging them to include $100 billion for emergency rental assistance in the next emergency stimulus package to help people stay in their homes. 

    Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today led the entire New Jersey congressional delegation in a letter urging the Trump Administration to approve the request from Governor Phil Murphy for FEMA to fund an housing program to provide quarantined sheltering for COVID-19 patients, including the homeless and frontline healthcare workers.

    Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and 27 sponsors sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin regarding the direct relief payments from the CARES Act. The letter urges Secretary Mnuchin to make sure that people experiencing homeless know about their eligibility for these payments, and that Treasury find a way to distribute the money without creating barriers to access.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of a new House Select Committee on the Coronavirus which will be tasked with overseeing stimulus funding.

    Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) sent a letter to the Trump Administration pressing them for details about how federal agencies are working to ensure the proper care of America’s homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sat down with VOX to talk about a plan for combatting Coronavirus – boosting the construction of affordable housing is a major element. 

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) released an op-ed calling for a more grassroots stimulus.

    Representative Al Green (D-TX) introduced a bill to provide support for fair housing enforcement activities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced two pieces of legislation to protect public housing residents during the coronavirus pandemic. The first, the Protecting Our Elderly Residents Act, requires HUD to establish guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 in elderly housing properties and public housing. The second, the PHA Public Housing Flexible Funding Act, allows public housing authorities to use operating and capital funds to address the ongoing public health emergency.

    Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced the Informed Resident Notification Act, which requires public housing authorities to notify all residents in a public dwelling when a COVID-19 outbreak is detected.

    Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced S. 3534, the Pandemic Assistance Disaster Act, which would clarify the ability of FEMA to provide financial assistance directly to individuals during a pandemic, including the current coronavirus outbreak.

    Representative Denny Heck (D-WA) introduced the Emergency Rental Assistance Act of 2020, which would increase short-term rental assistance for most Americans by expanding the Emergency Solutions Grant Program.

    Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) introduced legislation, The Public Health Emergency Shelter Act, that would provide $15.5 billion in emergency grants for homeless assistance.

    Representatives Jesύs “Chuy” García (D-IL) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced the Rental Eviction Moratorium Act, which institutes a nationwide eviction ban that self-terminates six months after the President’s Emergency Declaration is ended by FEMA.

    Representative Nydia M. Veláquez (D-NY) introduced legislation that temporarily suspends rent contribution requirements owed by tenants living public housing or those who receive Housing Choice Vouchers during the coronvirus emergency.

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance cautioning against the clearing of homeless encampments during the community spread of COVID-19. The move was celebrated by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty’s Housing not Handcuffs Campaign – of which NLIHC is a part.

    FEMA announced on June 10 that it has developed guidance to assist state, tribal, and territorial governments in planning mass care delivery.

    FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor spoke with The Weather Channel on June 3 about the active start to the hurricane season and discussed the agency’s actions in preparing for the hurricane season on top of COVID-19 response actions.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.

    FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor released a letter to emergency managers, announcing a new “All-Hazards Preparedness in a Pandemic Exercise Starter Kit” to help partners prepare for hurricane season and other hazards during the coronavirus pandemic.

    FEMA announced on May 27 that it will extend the suspension of rent collection for Camp Fire survivors still in FEMA housing due to the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on these survivors.

    FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor discussed how the agency is adjusting to hurricane preparedness measures amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

    FEMA announced approval of 30 states and the District of Columbia for its Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training program. Crisis Counseling, part of FEMA’s Individual Assistance programs, is a mental health assistance program that provides short-term interventions, intake, and referral mental health services for disaster survivors.

    FEMA announced that it will conduct remote home inspections for disaster survivors to protect the health and safety of all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    FEMA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are collecting and sharing best practices for responding to COVID-19. Read FEMA Coronavirus Emergency Management Best Practices and the HHS Novel Coronavirus Resources page.

    FEMA Administrator Peter T. Gaynor called for state and local emergency managers to continue to focus on conserving scarce PPE resources, strengthen the supply chain, and fully utilize federal medical staff in a letter. Housing was not mentioned.

    The Administration signed Major Disaster decla

    rations for Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, and Vermont to total 50 states and 3 territories under a Major Disaster Declaration for COVID-19., See the full list here.

    FEMA released a new policy permitting Public Assistance Program funding to be used for the purchase and distribution of food. FEMA will be able to reimburse preparation, procurement, and distribution of food to high risk individuals staying in their homes.

    FEMA suspended rent collection for survivors staying in FEMA temporary housing. FEMA often provides tem porary housing for disaster survivors whose homes were destroyed – when an individual is unable to return to their home, or find another within 18 months, they are required to pay rent. This new rule would negate that requirement until July 1.

    North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that the state has received approval from FEMA to provide housing alternatives, such as hotels, motels, and dormitories, for North Carolinians with unstable housing who may need to quarantine in response to or are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

    FEMA laid out reimbursement guidelines for Emergency Medical Care and Non-Congregate Sheltering, elaborating on the existing rules allowing for both of these expenses to be covered by FEMA’s Public Assistance Category B program.

    FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program – one category of which is operating nationally after President Trump’s National Declaration of an Emergency – will have simplified forms and application processes – allowing applicants (State, local, tribal, governments and eligible nonprofits) to apply directly through the PA website.

    NLIHC has released a fact sheet on Public Assistance funding uses and eligibility. This sheet will be updated as new information is released.

    FEMA also released additional explanations on the Public Assistance program for tribal governments.

    A memo from DHS has authorized FEMA to fund 100% of the emergency assistance activities conducted by National Guard units under state control in California, New York, and Washington.

    As FEMA takes the reigns of pandemic response, confusion and frustration are mounting both inside and outside the agency.

    FEMA laid out reimbursement guidelines for National Guard activities in areas with Major Disaster Declarations. FEMA will fully reimburse states for eligible National Guard deployments.

    FEMA extended its grace period for Flood Insurance renewal premiums. The new grace period will be extended until June 15.

    In a letter to Congress, OMB requested $400 million dollars for HUD, specifically for Homeless Assistance Grants.

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on June 9 the second allocation of Emergency Solutions Grants - Coronavirus (ESG-CV) funding totaling $2.96 billion.

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced on June 4, a new, temporary policy that provides guidance for lenders to obtain FHA insurance endorsement on mortgages where the borrower has requested or obtained a COVID-19 forbearance.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.

    HUD announced on May 18 nearly $77 million in a fourth wave of CARES Act funding to assist people with disabilities, supporting up to 8,300 additional vouchers. Provided through HUD's Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, this wave of relief funds will provide affordable housing to non-elderly people living with disabilities.

    The Federal Housing Administration announced on May 14 an extension of its foreclosure and eviction moratorium through June 30, 2020, for homeowners with FHA-insured Single Family mortgages. The FHA also announced an extension of work flexibilities for lenders and appraisers.

    HUD announced on May 4 that the department has allocated $100,000 for HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence Initiative, noting that the pandemic has underscored the importance of having a home. 
    HUD announced on May 5 the allocation of $380 million in supplemental administrative fee funding to Public Housing Authorities to fight COVID-19. Funds can be used for sanitation, transportation to health units and testing, food, childcare, and medical supplies.

    Secretary Ben Carson announced on May 1 that HUD will allocate $685 million in CARES Act funding to keep low-income residents of public housing safe during the pandemic. The funds will be allocated through the Public Housing Operating Fund and can be used for personal protective equipment, childcare costs, travel costs, and additional actions.

    HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs posted a two-page explanation of the CARES Act eviction moratorium designed for tenants who have HUD-funded rental assistance and/or live in an FHA-insured property. Learn more about the paper in NLIHC’s Memo article (4/27).

    Both HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Federal Housing Commissioner and Assistance Secretary of HUD Brian D. Montgomery, and Vice President Mike Pence participated in a phone call with mortgage and business leaders. The three reiterated existing programs assisting borrowers as well as prohibiting eviction as a prerequisite for mortgage forbearance.

    HUD Secretary Ben Carson sat down with the Daily Caller to talk about the federal government’s COVID-19 response and new housing initiatives. Secretary took the opportunity to reference extended assistance for non-bank mortgage lenders, and his plan to force individuals experiencing homelessness into “structures” built on government-owned land in order to “take care of their mental health issues and their addiction issues and set them on a pathway towards self-sufficiency”.

    HUD awarded $1.5 million in Partnership and Special Enforcement Effort funds to HUD Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies. The funds, provided through the CARE Act, will support COVID-19 education activities.
    HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs made a fourth update to its "Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders: Coronavirus” on April 16.

    President Trump announced a suspension in foreclosures and evictions for Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages for single family properties for the next 60 days.

    HUD released a set of statutory and regulatory waivers for the Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Indian Housing Block Grant Program, Public Housing Assessment System and Section Eight Management Assessment Program. The rule allows PHA’s and Tribal Designated Housing Agencies to waive certain HUD requirements in the interest of slowing the spread of COVID-19.

    HUD has also implemented a series of waivers for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program allowing for greater flexibility in how those funds are administered and able to be used. The guidance details the process and use of the first $2 billion allocation of CDBG funding approved by the CARES Act.

    HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) invites homeless assistance providers and their partners to participate in their COVID-19 Office Hours session This session will focusing on the recently released Mega-Waiver and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Experts from HUD and other federal partners and organizations will be available to answer questions on these topics. Event information available here

    HUD announced that DHS will be recognizing residential and shelter workers as essential. Exempting them from stay at home orders that have begun to spread across the country.

    HUD announced a series of waivers for CoC, ESG, and HOPWA Program regulations designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate economic impact of the pandemic.

    HUD announced that it would be quickly releasing $200 million in Indian Housing Block Grants to American Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities across the country to respond to COVID-19. The money was approved in the CARES Act.

    HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing has released a recording with updated guidance on its COVID-19 response. The recording provides information on CARES Act funding for assisted housing, eviction moratorium, and visitors; CARES Act Forbearance; Rental Assistance Demonstration guidance; as well as other materials and information.

    The FHFA announced on June 17 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend their single-family moratorium on foreclosures and evictions until at least August 31, 2020.

    The FHFA announced on June 16 that translated COVID-19 resources are now available in six languages. COVID-19 Servicing Scripts and the Mortgage Assistance Application are available in English, Spanish, traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, or Tagalog. 

    Updated on June 22, 2020.

    FHFA is extending several loan origination flexibilities currently offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac designed to help borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.

    FHFA announced on May 19 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have issued temporary guidance concerning the eligibility of borrowers who are in forbearance, or have recently ended their forbearance, seeking to refinance or buy a new home. FHFA also extended the Enterprises’ ability to buy loans in forbearance.

    FHFA announced on May 14 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are extending their moratorium on foreclosures and evictions until at least June 30, 2020. The foreclosure moratorium applies to single-family, Enterprise-backed mortgages only.

    FHFA announced on May 13 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are offering payment deferral as a new repayment option for homeowners in COVID-19 forbearance plans.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), FHFA, and HUD launched on May 12 a joint mortgage and housing assistance website for Americans impacted by COVID-19. The website consolidates the CARES Act mortgage relief, renters’ protections, and resources for additional help.

    FHFA announced on May 5, 2020 that it has extended several loan origination flexibilities currently offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac through June 30.

    FHFA announced on May 4 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have developed online multifamily property lookup tools to help renters find out if they are protected from evictions during the pandemic. 

    FHFA released a statement reiterating that borrowers in forbearance with a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac-backed mortgage are not required to repay the missed payments in a lump sum at the end of the forbearance plan.

    The FHFA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a joint program to protect borrowers during the COVID-19 crisis. The program will allow both FHFA and CFPB to share complaints, as well as information on forbearances, modifications, and other loss initiatives taken by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be offering multifamily property owners mortgage forbearance on the condition that they suspend all evictions for renters unable to pay rent due to the impact of coronavirus.

    FHFA also will be providing flexible alternatives to current requirements regarding the appraisal and employment verification of homes being bought, sold, and refinanced through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    FHFA and Freddie Mac released additional details on a plan to offer multifamily property owners mortgage forbearance on the condition that they suspend all evictions for renters unable to pay rent due to the impact of coronavirus.

    Freddie Mac has released a new tool for Multifamily Landlords and their Renters. It provides information and links about the recently announced relief program affecting more than 27,000 multifamily apartment properties and the more than 4 million renters who reside at those properties.

    USDA announced on June 23 extended foreclosure and eviction moratorium for all Single Family Housing Direct Loans through August 31, 2020.

    Department of Health and Human Services

    The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children and Families released strategies for supporting families experiencing homelessness and housing instability during the pandemic.

    Updated on June 29, 2020.

    USDA announced on June 19 that it has extended the foreclosure and eviction moratorium for all Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program loans through August 31, 2020.

    Department of Housing and Urban Development

    The Federal Housing Administration announced on June 17 a two-month extension of its foreclosure and eviction moratorium through August 31, 2020, for homeowners with FHA-insured Single Family mortgages. 

    HUD awarded $40 million in housing counseling grants to help over one million individuals and families access HUD-approved housing counseling.

    Updated on June 22, 2020.

    USDA announced on April 22 that emergency benefit increases have reached $2.0 billion per month for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These emergency benefits prompted by COVID-19 represent a 40% increase in overall monthly SNAP benefits. Hawaii, the final state agency authorized to provide emergency allotments, was approved on April 17. 

    The USDA announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on April 17. The CFAP program will provide direct support to farmers, ranchers, and consumers.

    The USDA announced that it would be suspending foreclosures and evictions for 60 days on USDA-financed homes across rural America.

    The Department of Agriculture announced it would be suspending foreclosures on borrowers with USDA Single-Family Housing Direct (SFHD) loans and evictions of persons in SFHD secured properties for a period of 60 days.

    USDA Rural Development launched a COVID-19 resource page to keep stakeholders, partners, and customers aware of new developments.

    USDA Rural Development announced that it would be granting temporary exception to interior inspection appraisals and verbal verification of employment for its single-family housing guaranteed loan program.

    USDA Rural Development announced that it would be implementing a number of measures to assist rural residents and their communities. This includes waiving late payments in multifamily housing, placing a moratorium on foreclosures of its Single-Family Housing Direct Loans, and more.

    National Journal examined advocates’ concerns that homelessness will surge across the country unless Congress takes immediate action. “What we’re seeing now is a crisis on top of a crisis. We had an affordable housing crisis in our country before COVID-19, and we will have it after COVID-19,” said NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel.

    “Now the federal protection on some evictions runs out in late July. And unemployment benefits are going to run out. What we have to do about it is, number one, pass the HEROES Act, which has $100 billion in direct rental assistance,” said former Housing and Urban Development Secretary and former presidential candidate Julián Castro in an interview with Politico.

    NPR reported that at least a dozen cities have ignored recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recent months by continuing to sweep homeless encampments, risking further spread of the coronavirus.

    Shelterforce examined how housing advocates and tenant organizing groups are preparing for the surge of evictions as moratoriums start to lift and housing court processes resume.

    Bloomberg CityLab explores how the Franklin County Municipal Court has converted the empty Columbus Convention Center into a housing court. The housing court now occupies a space that is at least four times as large as its space in the courthouse. The Greater Columbus Convention Center can also accommodate housing and legal aid organizations.

    The New York Times examines the predicted surge of eviction cases in New York City as housing courts reopen. Housing advocates estimate that 50,000 to 60,000 cases could be filed in New York City’s housing courts in the coming days. 

    An op-ed in the Hill written by Samantha Batko and Mychal Cohen of the Urban Institute warns of a looming eviction crisis as eviction moratoriums and supplemental unemployment benefits come to an end. 

    Next City discussed the Eviction Lab’s new eviction tracking system.

    Updated on June 29, 2020.

    USA Today examines that although near-record unemployment rates and deep financial hardship persist, CARES Act relief funding is set to expire soon. “Back rent is coming due, and renters are no more able to pay it now than they were at the beginning of the crisis,” says NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel.

    Emily Benfer, director of the Health Justice Advocacy Clinic at Columbia Law School, wrote an op-ed in NBC News about the wave of evictions that will sweep the country as the patchwork of temporary eviction moratoriums quickly expire. 

    NBC News reports that some landlords are using threats and harassment - “self-help” tactics - to force tenants out of their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. While there isn’t yet data on renters facing self-help evictions during COVID-19, according to National Fair Housing Alliance President and CEO Lisa Rice, people of color and single-women households are more likely to face these forms of abusive evictions when there isn’t a pandemic.

    The New York Times reported that nursing homes across the country are evicting vulnerable residents and directing them to homeless shelters, motels, and other unsafe facilities.

    The COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project estimates that 19-23 million, or one in five of the 110 million Americans who rent, are at risk of eviction by the end of September. Data indicates that geography and discrimination play significant roles in eviction rates.

    BBC News examined why advocates and experts are expecting an unprecedented crush of evictions in approaching, placing millions of Americans at risk of homelessness.

    Tenant advocates report that some landlords’ rent-collection practices across the Washington region during COVID-19 have crossed the line into bullying, with some landlords using more aggressive tactics. Advocates are concerned about a deluge of evictions once courts reopen.

    A new report found that the coronavirus has exacerbated food and housing insecurity among students in higher education, with nearly three in five college students experiencing some type of basic needs insecurity during the pandemic. The study also found significant racial disparities: while about half of white students experienced at least one kind of basic needs insecurity during COVID-19, 71% of Black students and 65% of Latino students.

    An article in the Washington Post examines how the coronavirus pandemic may further widen racial disparities in housing, highlighting a new Urban Institute report that analyzes how economic crises and sudden disasters increase racial disparities in homeownership.

    While the pandemic has prompted most states and federal officials to establish eviction moratoriums, some tenants who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19 are experiencing harassment and threats of eviction

    NPR reported on zoom-eviction hearings, discussing that at a remote eviction hearing this week in Collin County, Texas, the court granted landlords the right to evict five people who did not or were unable to dial into the Zoom call.

    In a Letter to the Editor in the Boston Globe, the author urges that housing is an issue of racial and economic justice and calls attention to housing policies that stand in the way of racial equity. “If we truly believe that Black Lives Matter, we cannot ignore our fight for housing for all,” said Beyazmin Jimenez.

    Updated on June 22, 2020.

    Politico reported on the threat of evictions as the federal moratorium on evictions and supplemental unemployment benefits expire, discussing the disproportionate impact this will have on Black Americans. “Unless Congress intervenes soon, the coming tsunami of evictions and homelessness will disproportionately harm black and brown people,” said NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel.

    CNBC discusses experts’ concerns about a housing ‘apocalypse’ in the coming months. “Now more than ever, housing is health care. Ensuring housing stability for all is both a moral imperative and a public health necessity,” said NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel in a statement to CNBC Make It.

    USA Today highlights advocates’ concerns that the United States will face a surge of evictions and a spike in homelessness if Congress does not intervene. “Even before COVID, we were in the middle of a severe housing crisis. We had eight million of our lowest-income renter households spending at least half of their income on rent. And when you have such limited income to begin with, you’re always one financial emergency away from not being able to pay the rent. COVID is that emergency,” said NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel.

    An article in Grow discusses how millions of people are struggling to pay rent due to loss of unemployment as a result of COVID-19. “People are really struggling. Even before the pandemic, we had a shortage of 7 million homes for low-income people,” said NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel.

    An article in Forbes discussing housing inequality and racism in the United States quoted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments during NLIHC’s national call on June 2. “Housing security is a matter of justice, as structural racism puts communities of color unfairly at risk of being rent burdened or homeless,” said Speaker Pelosi. The piece outlines a brief history of racial discrimination in U.S. housing policies.

    A piece in the Washington Post discusses the pandemic’s impact on a family of four who is living in their car after having to leave their home and running out of money for a motel room.

    The Wall Street Journal examines the impact of the coronavirus on large, multigenerational homes. The virus has spread more widely in areas with the most crowded households, not necessarily areas with the densest or largest populations. 

    Forbes reported on the Housing Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance virtual hearing on June 10, discussing how the hearing elevated the need for $100 billion in emergency rental assistance.

    While overall June rent payments are encouraging according to the National Multifamily Housing Council’s tracker, Real Page reports meaningful deterioration in the ability to afford rent among lower-income households. 

    Stateline examines how COVID-19 is forcing local governments to make challenging decisions about rental assistance, including how to prioritize funds given the overwhelming and unprecedented need for assistance that far exceeds the supply. The articles cite NLIHC’s research note on emergency rental assistance needs.

    An article in Vox highlights that although overall unemployment rates dropped in May, the unemployment rate for Black Americans increased slightly. The article also discusses how the same structural racism that enables police brutality against Black Americans is also responsible for the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Black people’s health and economic well-being.

    CNN Business discusses the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Latino renters and homeowners. The pandemic is exacerbating longstanding racial disparities in health, jobs, and housing.

    BuzzFeed News article discusses the economic catastrophe that will come in August as the federal eviction and foreclosure moratoriums and the supplemental unemployment insurance benefits expire at the end of July.

    The Wall Street Journal discusses a recent report from Coalition for the Homeless, an NLIHC state partner, that found that the coronavirus is disproportionately impacting people experiencing homelessness in New York City. Advocates are calling on New York City and state officials to better protect people experiencing homelessness.

    The Los Angeles Times examines the pandemic’s impact on farmworkers, many of whom are unable to practice social distancing at job sites and home due to overcrowded housing situations.

    An Op-Ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer argues that our country finds resources to house people experiencing homelessness only when they pose a public health threat, but homelessness is a public health crisis and should be addressed with the same urgency.

    An article in Nonprofit Quarterly examines the impending eviction crisis. “Small landlords and renters depend on each other, and both need emergency assistance to stay afloat during this time,” said NLIHC CEO and President Diane Yentel.

    NPR discusses how millions of Americans are struggling to pay their rent, mortgage, auto loans, and other critical bills. Federal relief has kept impending financial disasters at bay for now, but a tidal wave of evictions and defaults looms.

    The Washington Post posted an article answering frequently asked questions that renters and homeowners have about eviction and foreclosure moratoriums.

    An article in Forbes examines how the enhanced unemployment benefit of $600 per week is critical to helping people in lower-paying jobs afford their rental payments. The HEROES Act would extend the $600 per week supplement until next year and provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance for low-income tenants.

    The Houston Chronicle reports that renters and mortgage holders are often unaware of federal aid packages.

    CNN reports that a surge of evictions looms as state eviction moratoriums expire. While some states are establishing rental assistance programs, significant federal rental assistance is needed to prevent a housing crisis for renters and property owners.

    An article in Foreign Policy examines whether hotels are the solution to the United States’ housing and homelessness crisis.

    Yahoo! News examines how the coronavirus pandemic highlights housing inequality faced by Black Americans. Black communities are disproportionately impacted by the virus itself and by the economic fallout, and job losses from COVID-19 risk exacerbating housing inequities.

    An article in the Nation discusses how cities across the county have established rental assistance programs using a mix of federal, state, and local funding, and in nearly every instance, the need for assistance has significantly overwhelmed the supply. The article discusses the $100 billion in emergency rental assistance included in the HEROES Act.

    A piece in Quartz discusses how COVID-19 has upended Florida’s long and slow recovery from the 2018 hurricane season. The article examines how Bay County’s recovery from Hurricane Michael demonstrates how natural disasters often leave low-income communities exposed to a range of compounding impacts.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.

    The New York Times reports that there are troubling signs that renters are increasingly struggling to come up with their rent payments, which creates significant challenges for both tenants and landlords. “Small landlords and renters depend on each other, and both need emergency assistance to stay afloat during this time,” said NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel.

    USA Today spoke with policy associates at the Urban Institute about the estimated 10 million people across the country who are entitled to federal stimulus checks but have not found a way to access the money. People in this hard-to-reach category do not make enough money to file a tax return and do not receive federal benefits, so the government has no contact information for them. 

    More than a dozen states have allowed eviction proceedings to resume, and by the beginning of June, more than half of states will have no tenant protections in place. Without an additional federal stimulus package that includes critical housing provisions, the United States will experience a sharp increase in housing instability and homelessness. 

    An article in CityLab examines how the expiration of state eviction moratoriums has revealed the limits of tenant protections at the local, state, and federal level. The moratoriums are expiring before federal interventions are in place, and without immediate action, the United States will be facing a housing crisis of unprecedented scope.

    The Hill explores why many tenants and housing advocates fear mass evictions in the coming weeks as moratoriums across the country expire. Landlords in most states have still been able to file eviction notices, which means that some tenants may be forced to leave their homes as soon as their state’s eviction order expires.

    An article in Vox discusses the urgent need for the United States to properly plan for the threat of hurricanes combined with COVID-19. This year’s hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual and given indications that the pandemic will continue into the hurricane season, which starts on June 1, the United States needs to prepare now. The article calls attention to issues of equity, urging the need for response organizations to support the lowest-income and most marginalized communities that have greater needs and fewer resources.

    Next City examines the looming eviction crisis, concerns about New York affordable housing projects, and San Antonio’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

    Zego, a credit card payment processor, reported a 31% increase month-over-month in credit card rent payments from March to April and an additional 20% increase from April to May. A shortage of cash as a result of the pandemic may have forced tenants to rely on credit cards to pay their rent two months in a row.

    The New York Times discusses how the economic fallout as a result of COVID-19 will be particularly devastating for renters, who are more likely to have lower incomes and work hourly jobs that were cut during the pandemic. The United States is facing a surge of evictions as eviction moratoriums and federal relief payments expire.

    Health Affairs article outlines the steps that the government must take to stop the spread of the coronavirus and establish a safe and accessible network of short-term housing options for people experiencing homelessness. The authors discuss the role of housing and overcrowding in driving the pandemic globally. 

    A piece in the New York Times Magazine examines the pandemic’s devastating impact on Black Americans, particularly families who were already stretched to the limit.

    An op-ed in the Miami Herald examines the devastating impact of the coronavirus on people experiencing homelessness and contends that criminalizing homelessness violates fundamental human rights, is ineffective, and has dire public health consequences. The authors urge that we must provide immediate housing in hotels for people experiencing homelessness in the short-term and use state and federal stimulus funding to close the housing gap.

    According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, more than 1 million New England households are at risk of missing their rent or mortgage payment due to coronavirus-related job loss.  

    CNN Business examined how San Francisco’s sanctioned encampments, or “Safe Sleeping Sites,” have sparked debates among residents and lawmakers. Many San Francisco residents have submitted letters of opposition, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wrote a letter to the Board of Supervisors arguing that there are other suitable housing alternatives.

    Vox outlined seven proposals that Congress should consider for the next stimulus package to help people navigate the economic fallout from the pandemic, including mortgage and rent assistance. The article discusses the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” and the “Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act.”

    CNN Business examined how COVID-19 has made the United States’ existing housing crisis worse. The affordable housing crisis existed before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has drawn attention to housing instability and homelessness.
    While a National Multifamily Housing Council report last week found that just 12% of tenants at the 11.4 million market-rate properties it tracks did not make their rent payment, a survey by landlord trade group Community Housing Improvement Program found that about 25% of New York City apartment tenants did not pay their May rent

    An article in the Guardian examined how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. COVID-19, and San Francisco’s homeless policies during the pandemic, have created a perfect storm within the Tenderloin’s 35 blocks.

    City Lab explores the lessons that the coronavirus pandemic can teach us about homelessness solutions. Solutions that were once deemed implausible are being enacted to expand capacity and provide safe shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Analyzing which of these temporary solutions have been effective will allow us to work toward permanent solutions to homelessness.

    A Health Affairs blog discussed the need to protect people living in temporary living facilities, such as motels and sober living homes, who often face unstable incomes and limited housing protections. 

    NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel and Utah Housing Coalition Executive Director Tara Rollins penned an op-ed in the Deseret News urging Congress to take bold action to protect renters by including emergency rental assistance in the next coronavirus relief package. 

    An article in Mother Jones examined whether COVID-19 will compel San Francisco to confront the issue of homelessness. When asked if the coronavirus could, at last, force a reckoning with homelessness, NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel responded that “if this moment doesn’t, I’m not sure what would.”

    Shelterforce examined the need for emergency rental assistance, citing NLIHC Vice President of Public Policy Sarah Saadian and including data from NLIHC’s research note. The article also provided an overview of the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act.”

    A New York Times opinion piece explored the notion that our housing crisis is a symptom of our country’s wealth and indifference. Congress could choose to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. Our country has the resources to address the cause of homelessness: the shortage of affordable housing. 

    Community Solutions explored a recent analysis conducted by Dr. Brendan O’Flaherty, an economics professor at Columbia University, which projects an increase in homelessness by 40-45% this year over January 2019. The analysis demonstrates the devastating impact that the pandemic will have on rates of homelessness. CNN also discussed the analysis.

    In a New York Times op-ed, Carol Galante, the faculty director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation, discussed how restrictive zoning blocks less-affluent families from opportunities that cities like Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, and New York offer.

    An article in the Washington Post explores why the $100 billion for rental assistance that House Democrats included in their $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill might not be enough to address the country’s rental crisis.

    A piece in the New Yorker examines how inaction by local and federal officials could result in a surge of evictions and foreclosures, triggering a new wave of infection and illness. The inadequate federal response does not mean that the federal government is unable to take action. 

    Bloomberg Businessweek published a piece examining how both renters and property owners will suffer without a national rental market bailout. Across the country, landlords and tenants are struggling to cover next month’s rent, and an approaching wave of evictions threatens them both.

    A Kaiser Health News analysis found that inadequate housing in the United States puts people at risk during the pandemic. Public health experts are concerned that people living in substandard housing will continue to suffer as the coronavirus and its accompanying economic crisis continue. 

    Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, discussed the need for Congress to include critical housing and homelessness resources in the next coronavirus relief package in an op-ed in The Hill. She urged Congress to include $11.5 billion for homeless assistance, $100 billion in emergency rental assistance, long-term rental vouchers for elderly and severely disabled people experiencing homelessness, and significant investments in the national Housing Trust Fund.

    Doctors Without Borders dispatched a team of doctors, nurses, logisticians, and water and sanitation experts to the Navajo Nation to help with the coronavirus crisis that is unfolding on the reservation. The high rates of infection and the fact that these communities suffer from chronic federal underfunding drove the decision to send a team to the Navajo Nation.

    The Washington Post published an FAQ on rent strikes during the pandemic.
    The Columbus Dispatch editorial board published a piece urging Congress to include emergency rental assistance in the next coronavirus relief package. Since eviction moratoriums are a short-term fix and rent deferment is not rent forgiveness, rental assistance is needed to keep tenants stably housed.

    The Washington Post examined how job losses due to COVID-19 have fallen unequally on Americans according to age, race, gender, and educational attainment. Undocumented immigrants are facing significant challenges, including tremendous job loss and lack of access to the federal safety net, including housing and food assistance.

    HuffPost reported that the Navajo Nation now has more known COVID-19 cases per capita than any state. At least 3,122 cases have been reported on Navajo Nation, which is the most populous American Indian reservation in the United States. Indigenous populations are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus given their high rates of underlying conditions, poor housing conditions, and other significant risk factors.

    CityLab examined why data released by the National Multifamily Housing Council does not provide the entire story about housing stability in the United States. While the data revealed that four out of five renters were able to pay their May rent, this data excludes the tens of millions of renters who live in subsidized rentals or single-family homes. 

    Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, a founding member of the National Puerto Rican Agenda and member of the DHRC Puerto Rico Working Group, wrote an op-ed in The Hill urging the Senate to pass the Puerto Rico Earthquake Supplemental (H.R. 5687) or include it in the next coronavirus relief bill. The Earthquake Supplemental would provide $4.89 billion in emergency spending to fund a broad range of disaster recovery activities. Puerto Rico has been devastated by three consecutive disasters: Hurricane Maria, the 2020 earthquakes, and COVID-19.

    Politico discussed the need for the federal government to develop a long-term plan to keep renters stably housed after the eviction moratoriums expire. Ignoring the looming rental crisis will cost more money in the long run and keep millions of renters from safely sheltering in place.

    HuffPost examined how cities across the country have started to move people experiencing homelessness from shelters into larger spaces and hotels. The article cited NLIHC’s “Getting to Yes” document in its discussion of how states can request funds from FEMA to reimburse hotel rooms. 
    According to an article in Nature, researchers are discovering that coronavirus outbreaks in shelters are spreading below the radar. Researchers are collecting data on the prevalence of COVID-19 and modeling its spread under different group living situations, hoping that this will guide policies to protect people residing in congregate living settings like shelters.
    The Sightline Institute outlined six bills that Democrats have proposed to protect renters and workers in the next stimulus package, including the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” and the “Emergency Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act.”
    The Baltimore Sun editorial board examined why federal solutions to the housing crisis exacerbated by the pandemic must include assistance for both tenants and landlords.
    An article in the Washington Post explored how the pandemic has demonstrated the need to treat housing as human right, not a commodity. Governments are responding by enacting measures like eviction moratoriums, rent caps, and assistance for people experiencing homelessness. These measures are steps in the right direction, but we need structural reforms to build a more just housing environment.
    A Human Rights Watch article discusses how the measures that some governments have taken to acquire housing for people experiencing homelessness demonstrate what political will, resources, and a focus on both individual worth and collective good can achieve. These steps pave the way for longer-term solutions to eradicating homelessness.
    The pandemic is revealing how easy it is to fall from the middle class and into poverty. For years, economists and advocates have warned that many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and that even a slight downturn could devastate many lives.

    Forbes discussed the “The Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and its companion bill in the House of Representatives, sponsored by Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Denny Heck (D-WA).
    E&E News examined the impact that a natural disaster would have on people experiencing homelessness amid the coronavirus pandemic. “An extreme weather event will affect [the homeless] in a much more impactful way than the population at large, and this year is going to be even worse with COVID-19,” said Eric Samuels, executive director of the Texas Homeless Network, an NLIHC state partner.
    Nonprofit affordable housing providers are committed to not evicting their tenants, but they are hoping that relief comes soon to help them and their tenants.

    NLIHC President and CEO was quoted in a Washington Post article emphasizing the need for emergency rental assistance to ensure that renters remain stably housed after the moratoriums are lifted.

    The Washington Post examined the traumatic experiences that people experiencing homelessness in New York City are facing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Politico explored the pandemic’s potential impact on the racial wealth gap, highlighting racial disparities in homeownership. The article also discussed proposals from Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) to include billions of dollars in rental assistance in the next relief package.

    A group of Native American tribes is suing the Treasury Department for failing to distribute $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief that was allocated for tribes in the CARES Act. The Treasury Department missed its April 26 deadline to distribute the funds, which was 30 days after the CARES Act passed.

    Many landlords are bracing for a wave of non-payments due to the pandemic.

    Vox explored the impact of the coronavirus on rural America, discussing the uptick of outbreaks in certain areas and the factors that place rural communities at risk.

    In an ABC News report, NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel urged Congress to include an additional $100 billion in rental assistance in the next coronavirus relief package to prevent evictions and avert a significant spike in homelessness and displacement after the moratoria expire.

    The Washington Post used the Eviction Lab’s scorecard to examine state variations in eviction protections.

    Real Change News explored that while America’s affordable housing and homelessness crises have been present long before the coronavirus, the pandemic is highlighting the need for a national housing justice movement that addresses systemic racism.

    WBUR aired a segment exploring how many Americans continue to face housing insecurity despite eviction and foreclosure moratoria that some states have enacted.

    USA Today reported on the relationship between COVID-19 and social determinants of health, including poverty and homelessness. 

    The New York Daily News examined the new collaboration between New York City and the MTA to force people experiencing homelessness out of the subway system.

    Politico reported that while Republican lawmakers are reluctant to pass another coronavirus relief package, economists from a range of ideological backgrounds are urging Congress to keep spending money to protect the economy.

    An article in the Washington Post argued that some COVID-19 federal funding should be invested long-term in U.S. infrastructure, including affordable housing. The coronavirus pandemic has made it more evident that we need increased investment in affordable housing, which is a critical component of infrastructure.

    NPR reported on the hurdles that families experience homelessness face in home-schooling their children.

    Historian Jill Watts discussed how COVID-19 has exposed America’s affordable housing crisis and argues that the relief provided by New Deal housing programs is relevant to our current crisis.
    The economic impact payments could be a great help for some people experiencing homelessness; however, the one-time assistance of $1,200 will not be enough for people to obtain housing in most markets with high rates of homelessness.
     The National League of Cities made the case for why emergency rental assistance is necessary and explained how cities can fund it.
    An op-ed in Next City examined why COVID-19 homelessness responses must include hygiene and sanitation resources. Increasing access to public toilets, installing handwashing stations, and ensuring that shelters and service providers receive high priority for hand sanitizer and other sanitation supplies are essential to protecting people experiencing homelessness.
    Isabel Solange Munoz, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Tennessee, explored how COVID-19 is exacerbating the nation’s housing crisis and how it will lead to greater inequality. Read the Business Insider article.

    Former HUD Secretary and 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro outlined his vision for the kinds of bold, systemic housing reforms needed to solve the housing affordability crisis and help prevent a housing catastrophe induced by COVID-19.
    Despite federal ban, landlords are still moving to evict people during the pandemic. Landlords in at least four states have violated the eviction ban passed by Congress last month, ProPublica’s review of records shows, moving to throw more than a hundred people out of their homes.
    Time Magazine also covers how renters are facing eviction despite moratoriums on evictions in more than 30 states and dozens of cities.
    Homeless shelters across the country are facing volunteer shortages and increased operating costs as they find ways to respond to the deadly coronavirus outbreak while continuing to take in residents. 

    VICE interviewed shelter workers across the country. Employees reported that they are understaffed, overworked, and lack the proper personal protective equipment. Staff members at shelters revealed that their workplaces were not adhering to CDC guidelines concerning social distancing space and protective gear.
    CityLab examines the difference between how the federal government and cities across the country are addressing homelessness during the pandemic. While cities like New York and California are moving shelter residents to hotels, the Federal COVID-19 Homelessness Workgroup has given guidance to faith-based shelters on how to resist evacuating homeless people to hotel rooms.

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be providing $50 million in immediate short-term relief to multiple national and community organizations working to help households and communities being harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. NLIHC’s Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition is exceptionally thankful to be among the recipients.

    “Even before COVID-19 came to this country we had a shortage of seven million homes affordable and available to the lowest income people...If we had a system in our country where we could catch people when they fell off of a financial cliff, we could better weather this disaster that we’re experiencing right now, but we don’t have that system.” said Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition in a recent news article by Fast Company. The article explores the critical link between health care and housing and the subsequent impact of COVID-19.  

    PBS New Hour explored how people experiencing homelessness face unique challenges in protecting themselves and their communities from the coronavirus outbreak. 

    There are unique challenges in protecting the South’s homeless population from COVID. The South is the nation's poorest region, with higher mortality rates and lower life expectancies than the rest of the country, and its residents are more likely to lack access to high-quality medical care — disparities that present an additional burden for the region's homeless. 

    VICE looks at FEMA’s response to Hurricane Harvey as an example of how the American disaster relief system is broken. Low-income disaster survivors in Southeast Texas were denied assistance at a much higher rate than those of higher incomes – leading to an inadequate and unequal recovery.  

    Early data from jurisdictions across the country found that the novel coronavirus appears to be affecting — and killing — black Americans at a disproportionately high rate compared to white Americans. A key factor: racial disparities in housing put black lives at much greater risk for contracting an illness.

    The New York Times reports that Rents Are Late, and ‘It’s Only Going to Get Worse’. As the economic shutdown pares tenants’ incomes, April payments have been reduced, deferred or withheld. Some landlords see their property at risk.
    The Washington Post published an article from Eviction Lab detailing their efforts to track how state and federal eviction laws are changing. They argue that temporary eviction bans will only create a massive wave of evictions when they are lifted.  

    In an op-ed in The Hill, Colonel Rob Maness (USAF, Ret.) – executive director of Military Veterans Advocacy – sounds the alarm that the COVID-19 crisis could undue the successes achieved in decreasing veterans homelessness in recent years.

    CNN is reporting that Pope Francis called out the world’s response to the coronavirus – saying that the homeless should be quarantined in hotels and not in parking lots – referencing a photo from Las Vegas where individuals experiencing homelessness were forced to sleep in a parking lot after the emergency closure of a shelter.  

    VOX reported on a recent study showing that black and Hispanic Americans are dying from COVID-19 at a disproportionate rate compared to white people – the reason is complicated, involving housing, economic inequality, and access to medical care.

    The Washington Post covered COVID-19’s impact on low income renters and what happens when a tenant is evicted during a pandemic. NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel was interviewed for the story.

    Mother Jones interviewed NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on individuals experiencing homelessness and the shelters that serve them.

    US News and World Report reported on last week’s DHRC conference call, detailing the challenges individuals experiencing homelessness and the housing insecure will experience during the pandemic.

    The AP released analysis showing that the vast majority of American renters would not be assisted by HUD’s decision to pause evictions and foreclosures for a 60-day period.

    Vox covered the threat to individuals experiencing homelessness posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The NYTimes covered the ongoing struggle to head off evictions due to the pandemic at the federal, state, and local level.

    An article from the Brookings Institute covered ways in which homeless populations and individuals living in substandard or unaffordable housing are uniquely susceptible to an epidemic.

    Popular Science released an article covering homelessness and vulnerability to COVID-19.

    Wired is reporting that many individuals experiencing homelessness are turning to web forums for best practices to avoid COVID-19 infection.

    Forbes covered the importance of housing the homeless in the age of COVID-19.

    Essence covered warnings from the nation’s African American Mayors calling for a targeted approach to boost and sustain Black communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Connecticut Mirror reported on the vulnerability that Transgender Individuals have to COVID-19. According to recent research, 30% of those served at drop-in shelters, by outreach teams, and other housing programs identify as LGBTQ. NBC News also covered the subject – featuring interviews with LGBTQ individuals experiencing homelessness.

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin issued a statement on June 12 regarding the provision of Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars to Native American Tribes.

    Updated on June 22, 2020.

    The U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced on May 28 that it is setting aside $10 billion of Round 2 funding for the Paycheck Protection Program to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions.

    Treasury updated its “Coronavirus Relief Fund: Frequently Asked Questions” document on May 4. The new guidance permits state and local governments to use Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars on rental assistance to prevent evictions and homelessness.

    Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt issued a joint statement on May 5 regarding the distribution of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars to Native American Tribes. According to the statement, only $4.8 billion, or 60% of the CRF, will be made available to Tribal governments based on population data.

    The Veterans Employment Rideshare Initiative (Rideshare), launched in 2018, helps veterans experiencing homelessness get to job interviews, attend medical appointments, and search for housing opportunities. The Rideshare program has been adapted to help veterans experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 by providing transportation to hotel shelters and delivering food. Fifteen veterans have received Rideshares to move to hotel shelters.
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on May 6 that it has expanded support services enabled by the CARES Act to address the immediate needs of veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness due to the pandemic. Funding is provided for three VA programs: Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program, and Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program.

    The VA is strongly encouraging holders of veterans loans to abstain from initiating foreclosure proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The NLIHC-led Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition will continue to push for a broad array of resources and protections, including emergency rental assistance and eviction prevention assistance, a national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, and emergency funds for homelessness service providers, housing authorities, and housing providers, among other recommendations. For more information, see DHRC’s full list of recommendations.

    The Urban Institute outlined policies and strategies to address material vulnerabilities faced by the Black LGBTQ community during COVID-19. The pandemic has had a marked impact on LGBTQ people of color’s economic wellbeing, housing stability, homelessness rates, and shelter access.

    Updated on June 29, 2020.

    A new Urban Institute report estimates that renters need $16 billion per month in housing support to remain stably housed during the coronavirus crisis. The report suggests that Congress replace or complement existing unemployment assistance with rental assistance, which would help renters who experienced cost burden before and as a result of COVID-19.

    The National Housing Law Project and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials prepared a two-page flyer for public housing and voucher residents that explains the CARES Act eviction moratorium.

    Updated on June 22, 2020.

    A piece in Reuters explores how the protests over race and policing are driven in part by housing inequities exacerbated by COVID-19. “A direct line connects America’s history of racist housing policies to today’s over-policing and disinvestment in black and brown communities. That same line connects to racial inequities in housing and to people of color being disproportionately harmed by disasters,” said NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel.

    MarketWatch quoted NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel in an article discussing the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on people of color and how COVID-19 will create even more prominent racial disparities in housing. “Without focused action, the pending tsunami of evictions and homelessness will disproportionately affect Black and brown people,” said Yentel.

    NLIHC Vice President of Public Policy Sarah Saadian joined the Power Station podcast on June 1, where she spoke about how NLIHC mobilizes a diverse constituency of residents, local housing and homeless coalitions, and state, local, and national leaders to ensure that critical housing and homelessness resources are included in federal coronavirus relief packages.

    The Urban Institute released a report examining new data that suggest that COVID-19 – and its economic fallout – is widening housing disparities by race and income.

    Funders Together CEO Amanda Andere spoke about the work of addressing anti-blackness and achieving racial equity within our organizations and our movement to end housing poverty and homelessness on NLIHC’s national call on June 8. Read her full remarks here.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.

    The NLIHC-led Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition will continue to push for a broad array of resources and protections, including emergency rental assistance and eviction prevention assistance, a national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, and emergency funds for homelessness service providers, housing authorities, and housing providers, among other recommendations. For more information, see DHRC’s full list of recommendations

    The National League of Cities (NLC) discussed the steps that some cities have taken to approve or expand overnight parking to support individuals experiencing vehicular homelessness. NLC suggests that cities can use federal coronavirus relief funding to provide both short- and long-term solutions for individuals and families experiencing vehicular homelessness and remove barriers around towing to not further exacerbate vehicular homelessness. 

    The University of California, San Francisco published an interview with Margot Kushel, M.D., a leading expert on homelessness, exploring what the pandemic reveals about housing and health.

    Hasan Minhaj featured NLIHC’s searchable database of most properties covered under federal eviction moratoriums on an episode of Patriot Act. The show created a new website that highlights NLIHC’s database: the episode, “What Happens If You Can’t Pay Rent” on Netflix! 
    ProPublica published an interactive database to help renters find out if their rental unit qualifies for eviction prevention. The ProPublica database uses data from NLIHC, the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation, legal researchers, and others. Learn more here.
    The National Alliance to End Homelessness released an FAQ on FEMA’s Public Assistance Program Category B (Emergency Protective Measures). Communities seeking to apply for funds can use the Alliance’s FAQ document and template letter.

    The Urban Institute is examining how state and local governments can respond to the rental housing challenges presented by COVID-19. In an ongoing Housing Matters blog series, researchers are presenting evidence-based ideas for how state and local governments can increase housing stability for renters impacted by the pandemic and job loss.   
    The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans implored that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs more testing for unsheltered veterans or those in transitional housing, particularly in congregate environments. The coalition also urged increased investments in programs that serve veterans experiencing homelessness, affordable housing, and long-term solutions.
    The National Alliance to End Homelessness’ Racial Equity Network updated its original racial equity tool in light of the pandemic. The tool is designed to help homelessness systems gather data to identify and address racial inequities in COVID-19 testing, treatment, and appropriate service delivery.
    The Urban Institute outlined several steps to improve access to high-quality, systematic rural data to ensure that rural communities are not left behind after the pandemic. Existing data sources for rural communities are inadequate, making it difficult to know the true impacts of the pandemic on rural workers and economies.
    Next City examined how community-driven development rooted in collaboration is needed to ensure an equitable and inclusive recovery from COVID-19.

    NLIHC and the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) sent a letter to HUD Secretary Ben Carson on April 21 urging the agency to take additional steps to protect tenants and maximize existing resources to house as many families as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities developed a framework that provides guidance for how homelessness systems can leverage the CARES Act and other funding sources to conduct emergency protective measures while also planning for recovery-oriented uses of these funds. All components of the “Framework for COVID-19 Homelessness Response: Responding to the Intersecting Crises of Homelessness and COVID-19” include a racial justice and equity lens.

    The Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition and the Campaign for Housing a Community Development Funding hosted an April 23 webinar on the implementation of CARES Act funding. The recording is available at:

    NLIHC, NHLP, and the Alliance for Housing Justice prepared two brief summaries in both English and Spanish explaining the eviction moratoriums included in the CARES Act. The National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) prepared a one-page summary for tenants in Project-Based Rental Assistance properties and those with Housing Choice Vouchers about the right to seek an immediate reduction in rent. The NAHT summaries are available in English, Spanish, and Russian.

    The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign sent a letter on April 13 to congressional leaders providing recommendations for what resources should be included in the next COVID-19 relief package. The recommendations were endorsed by nearly 50 leading national organizations. The campaign also released a press statement on April 27 to further urge Congress to expand critical housing and homelessness resources in the next COVID-19 relief package.

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explored the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color and people with the lowest incomes, who struggled with significant health and economic challenges prior to the coronavirus. The report demonstrates the urgent need for Congress to include relief measures in the next coronavirus relief package that will help people with the fewest resources avoid hardships like eviction, homelessness, and food insecurity.

    The Eviction Lab and Emily Benfer of Columbia Law School have developed a COVID-19 housing policy scorecard for 50 states and Washington, DC to evaluate each state’s response and identify best practices in housing policy.  The scorecard is a great resource for quickly comparing states’ homelessness prevention policies developed during the coronavirus pandemic.  

    The Terner Center published a new analysis Estimating COVID-19’s Near-Term Impact on Renters, which examines the extent to which renter households may be impacted by the initial economic effects of the pandemic.

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities argued that the upcoming COVID-19 relief package should fund at least 500,000 new Housing Choice Vouchers and large-scale funding for short-term emergency rental assistance.

    NLIHC has released a new toolkit on FEMA programs – which includes information on Public Assistance eligibility, FEMA’s current role during COVID-19, lessons from interacting with the agency, and more. This “Working with FEMA” toolkit is the latest in an array of resources offered to the affordable housing community by NLIHC’s Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC).

    NLIHC is maintaining a list of shelters being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and including efforts to compensate and assist the shelters’ former residents. The list will be periodically updated to include the latest shutdowns.

    The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), National Women’s Law Center (NLWC), National Housing Law Project (NHLP) and 104 other organizations sent a letter asking the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to suspend all non-emergency rulemaking until after the end of the declared national emergency. Several groups have recently sent out sign-on letters asking HUD to freeze comment periods or suspend the rulemaking process for a specific proposal; this letter builds off of those requests and expands the ask to specifically mention several other rules, including mixed status families, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, and Disparate Impact. 

    A new resource by the National Fair Housing Alliance examines COVID-19 and illegal housing discrimination against people with disabilities, and describes the protections for people with disabilities and those who live with them under the Fair Housing Act.  

    The NAACP has set up a Coronavirus page listing information, FAQs and links to report discrimination experienced during the pandemic.

    Next City interviewed NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel as part of an article on the COVID-19 crisis’ potential to unite the housing movement.

    An article, How to File Taxes if You’re Experiencing Homelessness, release by the Get It Back Campaign, a project of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, provides important tips and answers for tax filers who are experiencing homelessness.

    NLIHC and the National Women’s Law Center released a fact sheet on housing priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These recommendations cover both the need for immediate housing assistance for individuals experiencing homelessness, as well as structural fixes to address the underlying reasons for our country’s persistent housing crisis. You can also view

    The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project released a nationwide map of eviction moratoriums and tenant protections.

    Stateside created a 2020 state and local government COVID-19 response chart to track state legislative actions, executive agency actions, and local government actions related to the pandemic.

    The National Consumer Law Center launched a new COVID-19 & Consumer Protections page to provide updates on their efforts to protect renters and homeowners during the pandemic. The organization is also offering free access to the digital edition of “Surviving Debt: Expert Advice for Getting Out of Financial Trouble” – the NCLC’s comprehensive guide to navigating debt for consumers and their advocates.

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released an updated overview of changes to unemployment insurance payments and eligibility. The center also released a list of recommendations to broaden eligibility for stimulus rebates.

    The Center for Policy Development released a table showing the distribution of CDBG supplemental funding released by the CARES Act.

    The National Conference of State Legislatures will be collecting federal agency announcements related to COVID-19 on it’s website.

    With the passage of the third coronavirus stimulus package on Friday, advocates are now beginning to push federal agencies to release funding as soon as possible. For more details on what’s in the bill for housing and homelessness, see NLIHC’s full analysis and chart. An analysis of the eviction moratorium found in the bill is available here from the National Housing Law Project.

    The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty’s Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign released a letter template for organizations to send their elected officials calling for a moratorium on the clearing of homeless encampments during the pandemic.

    National Innovation Services released an equity framework for emergency management and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The National Lawyers Guild released a Know Your Rights guide for individuals living under a state of emergency.

    NLIHC has developed a map showing housing and homelessness data as well as the number of COVID-19 cases for every county in the continental United States.

    NLIHC and the National Housing Law Project sent a letter to HUD and the USDA asking the agencies to take aggressive steps to preserve the housing stability of low-income communities.

    Enterprise Community Partners has released a webpage containing policy recommendations and resources for state and local leaders.

    The Housing Assistance Council released a letter calling for a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions for USDA Sec. 502 housing. They have also released a page of resources on COVID-19/Rural Housing.

    The Center for American Progress released a blog article calling for increases assistance for homeless individuals and families in the face of the coronavirus.

    The Urban Institute released a special website cataloging their scholars’ response to policy moves as the pandemic continues.

    Urban Institute’s Housing Matters blog looked at the effects of pausing evictions and how any moratorium must be connected with robust rental assistance.

    The National Housing Law Project also released a Model Eviction Moratorium Act to serve as an example for jurisdictions working to stop evictions during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Lone Star Legal Aid released a blog post on the relationship between Coronavirus isolation and domestic violence. released this set of projections of hospital resources based on COVID-19 fatalities. The data can be broken down by state.

  • Policy and Guidance
    National Guidance

    COVID-19 Infection Control Inventory and Planning (ICIP) Tool for Homeless Service Providers - June 11

    Homeless Shelter Worker Training

    Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2 - Updated June 13

    Checklist for Homeless Services Providers During Community Re-Opening - May 21

    Interim Guidance for Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 among People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness - Updated May 10

    Screening Clients at Entry to Homeless Shelters - April 21, 2020

    Infection Prevention and Control Considerations for Alternate Care Sites - Updated April 23, 2020

    Assessment of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Prevalence in Homeless Shelters - Four U.S., March 27-April 15, 2020 
    COVID-19: Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting

    Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers

    CDC Resources in Languages Other than English

    Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

    A basic overview from the CDC for Healthcare facilities preparing to deal with COVID-19 with a focus on workforce notification and coordination with public agencies.

    Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    The first guidance issued for homeless service providers from the CDC. Includes checklists for screening, isolating, and coordinating with clients at shelters.

    Interim Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for US Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    These are disinfectant guidelines for schools, community centers, public businesses, where there is a suspected case of COVID-19.

    People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness Interim Guidance

    CDC: Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    The CDC has posted a simple screening tool that can be used at the entry of homeless shelters to identify people with symptoms of respiratory infection. If someone screens positive for symptoms, it is suggested they be directed to somewhere they can safely stay. 

    A Journal of Urban Health study titled "Homelessness and the Response to Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Lessons from SARS" highlights the need for an outbreak preparedness plan that accounts for unique issues related to those experiencing homelessness. The study identified lessons learned in the areas of communication, infection control, isolation and quarantine, and resource allocation. 

    The HHScollection of federal guidance, news, and responses to COVID-19 now includes a memorandum titled "Questions and answers about TANF and the COVID-19 pandemic". This tool addresses questions and summarizes the flexibilities in the TANF program to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Federal Funding Priority Order for Non-Congregate Shelter During COVID-19 - June 23 (see Memo 6/29)

    Non-Congregate Sheltering: Recommendations for Requests for Assistance - June 23 (included as a link in the Federal Funding Priority Order document)

    Flexibilities/Waivers Granted by the CARES Act + Mega Waiver and Guidance - June 22 (see Memo 6/29)

    COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Wellness Checklist for Client Engagement

    COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Prevention to Promote Equity

    Landlord Engagement Spotlight: Miami-Dade County

    Supporting Individuals Exiting Isolation or Quarantine - June 18

    Homeless Prevention: Effective and Efficient Prevention Programs - June 18

    Housing Trust Fund CARES Act Eviction Moratorium FAQs - June 16

    System Planning: A Framework for Homelessness Prevention - June 16

    COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Five Things to Consider When Investing ESG in Homelessness Prevention

    CARES Act Emergency Solutions Grants Round 2 Funding - June 9 (see Memo 6/15)

    Methodology for Round 2 Allocations of ESG CARES Act Funds June 9

    HOME CARES Act Eviction Moratorium - Sample Letter to Owners and Sample Tenant Flyer - June 10

    Planning a Housing Surge to Accelerate Rehousing Efforts in Response to COVID-19

    Rehousing Activation and Racial Equity Part 1: Equity as the Foundation

    COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Landlord Engagement - June 1

    Rehousing Activation: Planning and Implementation Tips

    Untapped Expertise: Strategies for Inclusive Stakeholder Engagement When Developing Your Coordinated Investment Plan

    Landlord Engagement in the Time of COVID-19

    How Does the Federal CARES Act Eviction Moratorium Impact the ESG and CoC Programs? FAQs and Flyer - June 1

    CDBG CARES Act Eviction Moratorium Q&As - May 18

    CPD Memo: Availability of Additional Waivers for CPD Grant Programs to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 and Mitigate Economic Impacts Caused by COVID-19 - May 22

    COVID-19 Homeless System Response: When to Use Personal Protective Equipment - May 26

    COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Equity-Driven Changes to Coordinated Entry Prioritization - May 26

    Office of Multifamily Housing: COVID-19 Q&A - Updated May 21

    Availability of a Waiver and Alternate Requirement for the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report for Community Planning and Development Grant Programs in Response to the Spread of Coronavirus - May 19

    Homeless System Response: Changes to Coordinated Entry Prioritization to Support and Respond to COVID-19 - May 7
    HUD’s Community Planning and Development announced allocations of the second tranche of $1 billion CDBG-CV to states:
    ●    All Grants - Excel Spreadsheet
    ●    All CARES Act Grants - Excel Spreadsheet
    COVID-19 Landlord Engagement: Reset your Community’s Critical Partnerships During COVID Response - May 15
    COVID-19 Homeless Systems Response: Landlord Engagement
    HUD Community and Planning Development Methodology for Round 2 Allocations of CDBG-CV CARES Act Funds - May 12
    IDIS Instructions for CDBG-CV, ESG-CV, and HOPWA-CV for Setting Up a Substantial Amendment for CARES Act Funding
    CDBG-DR COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Updated May 4, 2020

    CARES Act Flexibilities for ESG and HOPWA Funds Used to Support Coronavirus Response and Plan Amendment Waiver - May 5, 2020

    Multifamily Q&A for COVID-19 - May 1, 2020

    Notice PIH-2020-08: CARES Act - HCV Program Administrative Fees - Issued on April 29, 2020

    Notice PIH-2020-07: Implementation of Supplemental Guidance to the Federal Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Fund Appropriations - Issued on April 28, 2020

    Addressing Tenant Concerns During the COVID-19 National Emergency - April 28, 2020

    Notice PIH-2020-06: IHBG-CARES Implementation Notice - Issued on April 22, 2020

    COVID-19 HMIS Resources - Updated April 28, 2020

    COVID-19 FAQs for Public Housing Agencies - Updated April 22

    COVID-19 FAQs for Public Housing Agencies on Eviction Moratorium

    How Does the Federal Eviction Moratorium Impact the Emergency Solutions Grant and Continuum of Care Program?

    Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoCs

    Infections Disease Toolkit for CoCs (Now in Spanish)

    This set of resources includes information on preventing and managing the spread of infectious disease for people experiencing homelessness, in shelters, and encampments. It has guidelines for emergency hygiene practices, communicating with clients and public health agencies, guidelines for isolation and more.

    Interim Guidance for Homeless Services Practitioners

    Guidance for pre-outbreak and outbreak measures to be taken by shelter providers such as spacing sleeping mats, providing access to clean and stocked bathrooms.

    Q&A from the Office of Healthcare Programs

    Questions and Answers from HUD OHP for HUD or FDA-insured healthcare facilities.

    Questions to Assist CoCs and Public Health Authorities to Limit the Spread of Infectious Disease in Homeless Programs

    This is a list of questions for COC’s and Public Health Authorities to work through how best to care for sheltered and unsheltered persons who exhibit coronavirus-like symptoms. Importantly it also contains questions to guide CoC’s and PH Authorities in providing care and information in ways that don’t trigger mental illness episodes.  

    Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response

    This is a list of eligible activities under CDBG that can be used in infectious disease response. Includes things like constructing treatment facilities, provide short-term working capital assistance, meals on wheels and more.

    Specific Considerations for Public Health Authorities to Limit Infection Risk Among People Experiencing Homelessness

    This guidance for Health Authorities dealing with households living in shelters, in encampments, on the street, and in supportive housing.

    Eligible ESG costs for Infectious Disease Preparedness

    Detailing activities that are eligible for Emergency Solutions Grants Program reimbursement. It covers things like cleaning supplies, cots, room dividers, transportation, and hiring additional staff. It also includes some guidance for planning and applying for these reimbursements.

    Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners

    This is a webinar covering the basics of COVID-19 and how best to put in place safety measures.

    Office of Multifamily Housing Covid-19 Q&A

    This Q&A with the Office of MFH Programs includes information on how the office is ensuring Fair Housing obligations will be met, property managers’ options for isolating or utilizing vacant unites for quarantine, disinfecting common spaces and more. Very important!

    Office of Single Family Housing Q&A

    Details what the FHA is doing with regard to FHA single family loans.

    Office of Single Family Housing Info #20-20

    Details the temporary partial waiver of servicing requirements regarding face-to-face contact with borrowers.

    Q&A on HR Flexibilities and Authorities for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    Agency guidelines on telework and HR for HUD satellite offices.

    Housing Choice Voucher/PHA/Native American Programs COVID-19 Facts

    Describing recommendations to PHA’s regarding HCV, PBV, and Native American Programs. Lists things such as postponing unit inspections, adjusting income guidelines and family shares of rent, and the use of capital, operation, and administrative funds.

    Guidance for Section 184 and 184A lenders and services regarding foreclosure and eviction moratoriums related to Presidentially Declared National Emergency. 

    COVID-19: Essential Services for Encampments During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

    COVID-19: Shelter Management During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

    COVID-19 Client Triage Tool: Atlanta, GA CoC Example

    COVID-19: How to Screen Clients Upon Entry to Shelter or Opportunity Centers

    Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders COVID-19 Q&A

    HUD has created a Community-level COVID-19 Homelessness Planning & Response Dashboard based on a recent report on the impact of COVID-19 among the country’s homeless population. 

    HUD has updated its COVID-19 Multifamily Stakeholder Q&A Document.

    HUD released a description of waivers for its CPD Grant Program

    The National Healthcare for the Homeless Council released a set of needed actions from the public health and emergency response systems.

    The Harm Reduction Coalition created a factsheet to provide information about safer drug use during the COVID-19 Outbreak.

    Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resources - Updated June 12

    Planning and Preparing for Covid-19 (coronavirus) webpage

    A list of resources from HUD and the CDC.

    A recording of the USICH/HUD Webinar on COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Lessons Learned in Seattle and King County is available online.

    COVID-19 Response for People Experiencing Homelessness: Early Learnings from Seattle/King County

    Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions - Updated June 24 (see Memo 6/29)

    Coronavirus Relief Fund Allocations to Tribal Governments - Updated June 17

    Coronavirus Relief Fund: Tribal Allocation Methodology for Second Distribution - June 12

    Payments to States and Eligible Units of Local Government - May 11

    Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments on Using Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)

    The guidance specifically allows CRF funds to be used for “expenses for care for homeless populations provided to mitigate COVID-19 effects and enable compliance with COVID-19 public health precautions.” The guidance also allows the funds to be used for emergency rental assistance: “expenses associated with the provision of economic support in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency.”

    The Harm Reduction Coalition created a factsheet to provide information about safer drug use during the COVID-19 Outbreak.

    The Northwest ADA Center at UW released this factsheet on ADA accessibility in drive-thru medical sites.

    SchoolHouse Connection: COVID-19 and Homelessness – Strategies for Schools, Early Learning Programs, and Higher Education Institutions.


    The State of California has published their recommended protocol and strategic approaches for COVID-19 response for individuals experiencing homelessness.

    The San Francisco Street Sheet released 7 steps they are urging the city to do to address the needs of homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless as a result of COVID-19. The steps aim to slow the spread of COVID-19 among unhoused populations. 

    The San Francisco Department of Public Health has provided interim guidance for medical providers caring for people who use drugs (PWUD) and need to be quarantined. The guide provides general recommendations as well as specific recommendations for various drug types.

    Alameda County has released both COVID-19 street outreach and homeless shelter health guidance for the area. Vast resources for both are listed.

    San José shared steps the city has taken to mitigate the impact COVID-19 could have on homeless individuals and families. The City is looking to expand temporary shelter capacity, increase the amount of hygiene equipment, and more. 

    Nevada County's Homeless Plan follows the guidance provided by the local, State and Federal government as pertains to COVID-19 and Homelessness. As that guidance changes and the situation evolve, the plan will be updated as resources allow.

    New York

    New York City has released interim guidance for homeless shelters in the area. The document aims to help shelters prevent the spread of COVID-19 and prepare for an outbreak if it were to occur. 

    North Carolina

    North Carolina has released interim guidance for homeless shelters in the area. The document includes planning, prevention, and recommendations if coronavirus cases were to occur. 


    The Texas Health and Human Services publishes updated communications and media tools for spreading awareness about COVID-19 in Texas. Resources are available in both English and Spanish and are easily shareable. 


    Seattle's Downtown Emergency Service Center has successfully met the CDC guidelines for social distancing throughout their shelter programs while maintaining the same daily availability of 508 beds. They have shared their preparation and action strategies with the public.  

  • U.S. Territories

    Puerto Rico

    The Rolling Stone interviewed San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. She spoke about President Trump’s negligent response to the 2017 hurricanes, and why it served as a precursor for the coronavirus pandemic.

    Carlos ‘Johnny’ Mendez-Nunez, Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives praised the latest coronavirus stimulus package in an op-ed in Th Hill and called for Congress to extend the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program to the island.

    200,000 COVID-19 test kits ordered by Puerto Rico are sitting in a US mainland port awaiting FDA inspection. The tests were scheduled to arrive a week ago.

    Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez sent a letter to Congress requesting federal funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) program so that the homeless U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico can have access to adequate shelter and avoid spreading COVID-19 throughout the community.

  • Published Guidance

    Published Waivers, Guidance, and FAQs

    updated: 06/29/2020