NLIHC recently released new resources on coronavirus, housing, and homelessness, including Spanish translations of all Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). NLIHC has created COVID-19 FAQs about homelessness, Economic Impact Payments, eligibility for assistance based on immigration status, FEMA resources, racial equity, Unemployment Insurance, and renters’ rights.
NLIHC worked with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) on the newest FAQ about the housing needs of people with disabilities. People with disabilities live in poverty at more than twice the rate of people without disabilities, and they are less able to afford housing, increasing their likelihood of institutionalization or homelessness. Additionally, COVID-19 disproportionately affects people who reside or work in congregate facilities, including the 1.3 million people in nursing homes, 800,000 people in assisted living facilities, and 75,000 people in intermediate care facilities. Unnecessary institutionalization and segregation of people with disabilities is a form of discrimination and, in the current health crisis, may result in higher rates of exposure to and death from COVID-19. To address the housing needs of people with disabilities, states should use federal funds to disperse people living in congregate nursing facilities and other institutional settings to provide for social distancing. Further, Congress must ensure that people with disabilities coming from congregate settings are eligible for emergency rental assistance, housing, and homelessness resources in future relief packages.
NLIHC worked with the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) to create a fact sheet on housing assistance in response to COVID-19. This resource provides an overview of housing needs and resources during the coronavirus crisis, with a particular focus on the pandemic’s impact on women and girls.
Read NLIHC and CCD’s FAQ on the housing needs of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis in English at: https://tinyurl.com/ybkxh646
Read NLIHC and NWLC’s fact sheet on improving housing assistance in response to COVID-19 at: https://tinyurl.com/yape3nxl
Find all of NLIHC’s FAQs, in Spanish and English, and other resources at: https://nlihc.org/coronavirus-and-housing-homelessness