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Additional Coronavirus Updates - January 11, 2021

Updated NLIHC Resources

NLIHC FAQ: Emergency Rental Assistance: This FAQ provides additional clarity on duplication of benefits. Individuals living in federally assisted housing, such as households supported by the Housing Choice Voucher program, who need rental assistance should be able to receive CRF emergency rental assistance. If someone receives one month of rental assistance through the CARES Act, they would not be eligible to receive additional CRF rental assistance for the same month. However, households that received CARES Act funds for rental assistance previously but are no longer receiving that assistance and still need help should be able to receive new CRF rental assistance. Treasury may offer additional clarity around the issue in future guidance.

NLIHC/NHLP Overview of CDC Eviction Moratorium

NLIHC/NHLP CDC Eviction Moratorium: FAQ for Renters [Español]

NLIHC, NHLP, Eviction Lab Priorities for Biden-Harris Administration: Enact a Broad Eviction Moratorium

 National Updates

Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on December 21 announced it is extending the foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family FHA-insured mortgages for an additional two months through February 28, 2021.

Department of Treasury

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. States, U.S. territories, local governments with more than 200,000 residents, and tribal communities are now able to enroll in the ERAP through a web portal by providing payment information and accepting award terms.

Federal Housing Finance Agency

FHFA announced on December 23 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will continue to offer COVID-19 forbearance to qualifying multifamily property owners through March 31, 2021.

Reporting

“We are urging President-elect Biden on his first day and hour in office, as one of a set of emergency actions that we expect him to take, to sign a new executive order and implement a new strengthened and enforced eviction moratorium for the duration of the pandemic,” said NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel on BBC World News.

NLIHC’s Diane Yentel spoke to News Nation Now about the critical housing provisions in the COVID-19 relief bill and the need for more comprehensive solutions.

“Eviction moratoriums are an essential protection because they keep tens of millions of people housed who would otherwise be losing their homes in the middle of this pandemic,” NLIHC’s Diane Yentel told Yahoo Finance. Diane discussed the critical need for additional housing resources and protections.

NLIHC’s Diane Yentel spoke to Denver7 about the $25 billion in emergency rental assistance enacted in the COVID-19 relief package and NLIHC’s work to track and analyze state and local emergency rental assistance programs.

Millions of renters in the U.S. are facing eviction legal battles without legal aid. Fewer than ten cities and counties guarantee tenants the right to a lawyer in housing-related disputes. While the push for the right to counsel preceded the pandemic, it is particularly urgent in light of the looming eviction crisis.

Popular Science discusses how a new wave of evictions in 2021 could fuel a rise in COVID-19 cases. Without extending eviction protections beyond January, tens of millions of people will face eviction, further exacerbating the pandemic’s public health impacts.

State and Local News

A list of state and local emergency rental assistance programs is available here from NLIHC.

Arizona

The Pima County Constables Office has hired a social worker to help prevent homelessness and connect individuals to needed services. At least 146 eviction hearings were scheduled in the county for the first week of 2021, and that number is expected to surge once the CDC eviction moratorium expires at the end of January.

California

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on January 6 to extend and expand both a local rent relief program and an eviction moratorium. Changes to the rent relief program will expand eligibility and align the county program with conditions that apply to new federal rent relief funds. The eviction moratorium is extended through February 28.

The LA Times editorial board reports on the alarming surge in COVID cases among people experiencing homelessness in LA and the urgency of moving individuals into motels, hotels, or apartments, not into congregate settings.

Los Angeles County homeless shelters are overwhelmed by COVID-19. Homeless service providers, encampment residents, local officials, and street medical teams are working to keep people safe from coronavirus, but more resources are desperately needed.

Florida

Leaders of Brevard County aid organizations state that despite federal eviction protections extended through January, the area faces a looming eviction crisis, with many tenants falling too far behind on rent to catch up.

An op-ed in the Tallahassee Democrat outlines immediate steps the city should take to address its homelessness and eviction crisis. Recommendations include enacting an eviction moratorium, establishing a forgiveness program for unpaid utilities, and funding social service providers, among others.

Iowa

Iowa housing and homeless service providers are struggling to meet the ongoing demand for rental assistance and transitional housing. Some families avoided homelessness by continuing to live in buildings damaged by the August derecho, but winter weather is forcing them out of their units.

Maryland

Baltimore officials have extended emergency contracts to house approximately 500 individuals experiencing homelessness residing at five city hotels for three more months. The contracts were set to expire at midnight on December 31 but will remain through the end of March.

Despite Maryland’s eviction moratorium, landlords have used loopholes to continue evicting tenants.

New Hampshire

According to the annual report of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, the number of people experiencing homelessness was rapidly growing before COVID-19, and the pandemic has escalated that growth.

New Mexico

According to the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, state homeless shelters are concerned about reduced funding amid the ongoing pandemic and surges in homelessness and housing insecurity.

New York

The New York Legislature on December 28 passed one of the most comprehensive eviction moratoriums in the nation. The law places a moratorium on evictions until May 1 for tenants who endured a “COVID-related hardship.”

The New York Times discusses the looming eviction crisis that threatens to overwhelm schools, homeless shelters, and food pantries.

Oregon

The expiration of federal coronavirus relief funding prompted the closure of Washington County’s Sleep Safe RV program, which provided access to resources for people living in RVs during the pandemic. The program hosted more than 60 people while it was open.

Pennsylvania

Bucks County has awarded nearly $2 million in Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) to assist residents facing eviction. In 2020, the county used multiple funding streams, including CARES Act funds, to help more than 500 families avoid losing their housing.

Texas

Houston housing advocates agree that the city must consider two critical issues when distributing the federal emergency rental assistance funds recently enacted in the COVID-19 relief bill: speed and reaching households most in need.

Guidance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Toolkit for People Experiencing Homelessness – Updated January 6, 2021

Toolkit for Shared and Congregate Housing – Updated January 6, 2021

HHS/CDC Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions  – January 4, 2021

Eviction Declaration Form (English)

Eviction Declaration Form (Spanish)

COVID-19 Vaccination for People Experiencing Homelessness: Frequently Asked Questions – December 18, 2020

Department of Agriculture Rural Development

Actions Taken by USDA Rural Development to Help Rural Residents, Businesses, and Communities Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic – Updated December 30, 2020

Department of Housing and Urban Development

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 – December 30, 2020

How CoCs Can Start Vaccine Distribution Planning

COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Special Population Rehousing Strategy – People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness

COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Housing Surges – Special Considerations for Targeting People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness

COVID-19 Homeless System Response: ESG-CV Supplemental Reporting Instructions

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

December Brief: Vaccines for Patients and Staff