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COVID-19

The Local Housing Solutions team has put together a running list of homelessness outreach efforts, eviction moratoriums, and other housing-related advice that localities across the country have utilized to keep their communities safe during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, this downloadable document provides a brief overview of these strategies and best practices.

If you have any additional resources or materials to add to this page, please contact us at contact@localhousingsolutions.org.

Last updated: April 10, 2020 at 12:00pm



General Resources and Announcements

Preparation and General Information

COVID-19 Responders Twitter List
Coronavirus Responses around the U.S. (The New Deal)
COVID-19 Resources (National Health Care for the Homeless Council)
Coronavirus Resources (National Housing Conference)
COVID-19 Housing Resources (Joint Center for Housing Studies, March 23, 2020)
COVID-19 Resources & Policy Updates (National Community Stabilization Trust, March 23, 2020)
Coronavirus and Housing/Homelessness (National Low Income Housing Coalition)
Coronavirus: Resources and Updates (UHAB)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resource Center (Ballard Spahr)
Guidance for Dealing with the Coronavirus (National Apartment Association, March 18, 2020) Using PolicyMap to Identify Populations Vulnerable to COVID-19 (PolicyMap, March 15, 2020) COVID-19 Resources and Updates (NCSHA)

Upcoming Webinars

Weekly National Calls on COVID-19 and Housing/Homelessness, every Monday (NLIHC)
Weekly COVID-19 Town Halls, every Friday (Pillsbury)
Supporting People Remotely in Housing Programs During COVID-19 (National Alliance to End Homelessness, April 9, 2020 3:00pm) COVID-19 Planning & Response for Homeless Assistance Providers Office Hours (HUD Exchange, April 10, 2020 2:30pm) Mega-Waiver and CARES Act (HUD Exchange, April 14, 2020 1:30pm) COVID-19 Webinar Series: Ensuring Racial Equity During the COVID-19 Homelessness Response (National Alliance to End Homelessness, April 16, 2020 3:00pm) The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on America’s Rural and Underserved Communities (HUD Exchange, April 22, 2020 2:00pm)

For Homelessness Service Providers

General Information

Disease Risks and Homelessness (HUD Exchange, March 2020)
COVID-19 (United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, March 23, 2020)
The Corporation for Supportive Housing launched a forum for supportive housing providers. [Note: You will need to create a free account to log into the site.] (CSH, March 19, 2020)
Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Homeless Shelters (NYC Health)
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Guidance for Congregate Settings (NYC Health)
Coronavirus and Homelessness (National Alliance to End Homelessness, March 5, 2020)
Questions to Assist CoCs and Public Health Authorities to Limit the
Spread of Infectious Disease in Homeless Programs (HUD Exchange, March 9, 2020)

Coronavirus Disease: What Supportive Housing Providers Need to Know (CSH, March 11, 2020)
Resources to support people experiencing homelessness (CDC, March 2020)
Webinar: National Call on Coronavirus and Homelessness/Housing (National Low Income Housing Coaltion, March 30, 2020)
Recommended Strategic Approaches for COVID-19 Response for Individuals
Experiencing Homelessness (State of California, March 2020)

[VIDEO] NLIHC’s National Call on COVID-19 Homelessness and Housing (NLIHC, March 30, 2020)
[VIDEO] Understanding and Planning for Federal Funding and Housing (National Alliance to End Homelessness, April 2, 2020)

Preparing for COVID-19

Planning and Preparing for COVID-19 (United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, March 12, 2020)
How Programs Addressing Homelessness Can Prepare for the Coronavirus (Urban Institute, March 12, 2020)
Preparing for COVID-19 in Congregate/Communal Settinngs (LAHSA, March 9, 2020)
Interim Guidance for Homeless Shelters (CDC, March 2020)
Interim Guidance for Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) among People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness (CDC, March 2020)
Interim guidance for homeless service providers to plan and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC, March 2020)
Pandemic Planning and Services that Support People Who are Homeless (OrgCode, March 1, 2020)
[VIDEO] Infectious Disease Preparedness Among Homeless Assistance Providers and their Partners (Community Planning & Development, March 10, 2020)
[VIDEO] COVID-19 Planning & Response for Homeless Assistance Providers Office Hours (HUD Exchange, March 27, 2020)

Shelter Management Resources and Toolkits

Non-Congregate Approaches to Sheltering for COVID-19 Homeless Response (HUD Exchange, March 2020) Estimated Emergency and Observational/Quarantine Bed Need for the US Homeless Population Related to COVID-19 Exposure by County; Projected Hospitalizations, Intensive Care Units and Mortality (National Alliance to End Homelessness, March 20, 2020)
Essential Services for Encampments During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (HUD Exchange, March 23, 2020)
Shelter Management During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (HUD Exchange, March 23, 2020)
How to screen clients upon entry to shelter or opportunity centers (HUD Exchange, March 23, 2020)
Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoCs (HUD Exchange, March 2020)
Specific Considerations for Public Health Authorities to Limit Infection Risk Among People Experiencing Homelessness (HUD Exchange, March 9, 2020)
Eligible ESG Program Costs for Infectious Disease Preparedness (HUD Exchange, March 5, 2020)
Using Continuum of Care Program Funds for Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response (HUD Exchange, March 13, 2020)
Infectious Disease Toolkit for Continuums of Care: Preventing & Managing the Spread of Infectious Disease for People Experiencing Homelessness (HUD, March 2020)
Infectious Disease Toolkit for Continuums of Care: Preventing & Managing the Spread of Infectious Disease Within Shelters (HUD, March 2020)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Assessment Tool for Homeless Shelters(County of Los Angeles Public Health)
HMIS Privacy and Security Standards and COVID-19 Response (HUD Exchange, March 27, 2020) COVID-19 HMIS Setup and Data Sharing Practices (HUD Exchange, March 27, 2020) COVID-19 Recommended Protocol for People Experiencing Homelessness (State of California, March 2020) [RESEARCH] Estimated Emergency and Observational/Quarantine Capacity Need for the US Homeless Population
Related to COVID-19 Exposure by County… (Culhane et al., March 25, 2020)
Community-level COVID-19 Homelessness Planning & Response Dashboard (University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, and UCLA) Using Medicaid Waivers to Improve Access to Care for People Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19 (National Alliance to End Homelessness, March 19, 2020) COVID-19 Response for People Experiencing Homelessness: Early Learnings from Seattle/King County (United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, April 7, 2020) [VIDEO] Coronavirus and Housing/Homelessness (NLIHC and Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition, April 6, 2020)

For Nursing Homes/Senior Caregivers

For Renters/Homeowners

For Property Management

General Information

UPDATE 1.0: COVID-19 guidance for owners and managers of multifamily residential properties (Nixon Peabody, March 23, 2020)
WEBINAR: Coronavirus Outbreak: What Property Managers Need to Know (IREM)
LIHTC Allocating Agencies Respond to Coronavirus (Novoco, March 13, 2020)
Coronavirus/COVID-19: Considerations for Landlords and Property Managers (Holland & Knight, March 12, 2020)
Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders (Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, March 13, 2020)
HUD Issues Frequently Asked Questions for Owners of Multifamily Assisted Housing on Dealing with COVID-19 (Nixon Peabody, March 2020)
How the coronavirus will impact U.S. home prices (HW, March 23, 2020)
[VIDEO] The Housing Finance System During the Pandemic and Beyond (Joint Center for Housing Studies, March 31, 2020)

Guides and Resources

How to Strengthen, Optimize, or Restructure COVID-19 Affected Operations (O’Connor Davies, March 2020)
COVID-19-Related Relief for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (O’Connor Davies, March 2020)
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) General Disinfection Guidance for Commercial or Residential Buildings (NYC Health, March 15, 2020)
Pandemic Guide for Real Estate Managers (IREM, March 2020)
Best Practices: Property Management In The Time Of Coronavirus (BisNow, March 10, 2020)
Coronavirus Guidance for Property Mangement (National Apartment Association, March 19, 2020)
[VIDEO] Managing Properties In The Age Of Coronavirus (BisNow, March 19, 2020)
[VIDEO] COVID-19: What Real Estate Managers Need to Know (Visto, March 10, 2020)
[VIDEO] How to Handle Maintenance During COVID-19 (National Apartment Association, March 20, 2020)
Rehab-in-place in the age of COVID-19: Considerations for owners of multi-family housing (Nixon Peabody, March 20, 2020)
[VIDEO] Resident Relations Dos and Don’ts (California Apartment Association, March 16, 2020)
[VIDEO] What shelter in place means for rental housing providers (California Apartment Association, March 16, 2020)
[VIDEO] Economic Hardships of COVID-19 (California Apartment Association, March 16, 2020)
[VIDEO] Challenges with Rent Collections due to COVID-19 (California Apartment Association, March 16, 2020) [VIDEO] Coronavirus and Housing/Homelessness (NLIHC and Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition, April 6, 2020)

For Affordable Housing & Community Development

General Information and Resources

Coronavirus Information for Affordable Housing (Leading Age, March 2020)
COVID-19 Guidance for Affordable Housing (New York Housing Conference)
COVID-19 Resources for the Affordable Housing, Community Development and Renewable Energy Communities (Novoco)
COVID-19 Guidance for Owners and Managers of Multifamily Residential Properties (Nixon Peabody, March 16, 2020)
HUD Issues Frequently Asked Questions for Owners of Multifamily Assisted Housing on Dealing with COVID-19 (Nixon Peabody, March 16, 2020)
“COVID-19 FAQs for the Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) (including the Project-based Voucher Program (PBV) and Native American Programs (HUD, March 13, 2020)
HUD Publishes a CDBG Quick Guide to Support Infectious Disease Response (HUD Exchange, March 13, 2020)
UPDATE 1.0: COVID-19 guidance for owners and managers of multifamily residential properties (Nixon Peabody, March 23, 2020)
HUD Publishes a CDBG Quick Guide to Support Infectious Disease Response (HUD Exchange, March 13, 2020)
COVID-19 Resources for Community Developers (National Alliance for Community Economic Development Associations, March 2020)
Helping Residents of Affordable Housing Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic (Case Western Reserve University, March 2020)
CDBG-DR COVID-19 FAQs (HUD Exchange, March 2020)
Availability of Waivers of CPD Grant Program and Consolidated Plan Requirements to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 and Mitigate Economic Impacts Caused by COVID-19 for CoC, ESG, and HOPWA (HUD Exchange, April 2020)

For Local Government

General Information and Resources

Guidance on setting up an emergency rental assistance program (MHP, April 1, 2020) CHECKLIST: Guidance on setting up an emergency rental assistance program (MHP, April 1, 2020) Small, Mid-Sized Cities Currently Cut Out of Direct Coronavirus Funding (Route Fifty, April 8, 2020) [VIDEO] Coronavirus and Housing/Homelessness (NLIHC and Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition, April 6, 2020) State and Local Funding Totals Under the CARES Act (Tax Foundation, April 1, 2020)
[VIDEO] What Local Governments Can and Should do to Resopnd to the Public Health Crisis (Local Solutions Support Center, March 24, 2020)
Coronavirus Response (Local Progress, March 2020)
Ideas and Resources for How Cities Can Attack the COVID-19 Crisis (Living Cities, March 24, 2020)
HUD Publishes a CDBG Quick Guide to Support Infectious Disease Response (HUD Exchange, March 13, 2020)
How Do You Know if Your Local Government Has the Legal Authority to Adopt a Policy in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic? (Local Solutions Support Center, March 18, 2020)
Next on the Horizon: The COVID-19 Response from State and Local Leaders (Enterprise Community Partners, March 18, 2020)
Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response (HUD Exchange, March 19, 2020)
Coronavirus Response Resources for Local Leaders (National League of Cities, March 2020)
Taking Bold Action to Protect Tenants During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Enterprise Community Partners, March 16, 2020)
COVID-19 Response Resources for Local Leaders (National League of Cities)

Foreclosure Prevention/Mortgage Relief

National Developments and Legislation

Trump says HUD is suspending foreclosures and evictions (CNN, March 18, 2020)
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his administration will suspend foreclosures and evictions on homeowners at least until the end of next month.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions in connection with single-family mortgages for at least 60 days (Federal Housing Finance Agency, March 18, 2020)

60-Day Moratorium on Foreclosures for FHA-Insured Single-Family Homes (HUD, March 20, 2020)

HUD Urging Public Housing Authorities to Halt Evictions (Multi-Housing News, March 20, 2020)

Legislation Tracking (NOVOGRADAC)

COVID-19 Legislation (proposed)

House Democrats are moving rapidly on ambitious plans for a fourth coronavirus relief package (Politico, March 30, 2020)

COVID-19 Legislation (passed)

H.R. 748 “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (“CARES Act”)

H.R. 6074, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (Enacted March 6, 2020)

H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, as passed by the House and Senate (March 18, 2020)
Highlights include:

  • Increased appropriations to various health agencies and for the benefits below
  • Expansions/waivers for SNAP and WIC (nutrition)
  • Expansion/waivers for unemployment insurance
  • Changes to FMLA leave and creation of limited paid sick leave program
  • Coverage of testing under various health insurance systems, and a few related changes to Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement.

COVID-19 Stimulus Package Stalled in the Senate (NLIHC, March 23, 2020)

Senate Republicans and Congressional Progressive Caucus Release Proposals for Third Coronavirus Supplemental Package (NLIHC, March 23, 2020)

Maxine Waters: Proposed Legislative Responses to COVID-19 (March 18, 2020)

Letters to Congress

NLIHC and Other National and Regional Leaders Urge Congress to Provide Housing and Homelessness Assistance During Pandemic (NLIHC, March 19, 2020)

NLIHC, NHLP, and Leading Age Send Joint Letters Urging HUD and USDA to Protect Tenants during Coronavirus Outbreak (NLIHC, March 19, 2020)

OMB Sends Letter to Congress Requesting Additional $400 Million for Homeless Assistance Grants in Response to Coronavirus (Politico, March 17, 2020)

NMHC and NAA Letter to House and Senate Outlining COVID-19 Relief Requests (March 13, 2020)
Outlines housing assistance and tax assistance measures Congress should pass to support renters and housing providers, including
Housing Assistance:

  • Emergency financial assistance for rental and mortgage payments
  • Federal role should focus on financial assistance, not interfering w/state and local laws on evictions
  • “Efforts to divert funds to legal assistance should be resisted as they fail to address the underlying financial conditions that contributed to the resident’s housing emergency,” and “drag out or delay the process for legal and for-cause evictions”
  • Financial relief for private student housing operators

Tax Assistance:

  • Payroll tax cut
  • Excluding unemployment assistance from taxable income
  • Reduce 2020 quarterly estimated tax payment obligations for real estate partnerships and corporations
  • Allow net operating losses generated in 2020 to be carried back three years
  • Wage credit for quarantined, self-isolated, and caretaking employees

Real Estate Industry Letter to House and Senate Outlining COVID-19 Relief Requests (March 19, 2020)
11 real estate organizations call for direct renter subsidies and mortgage forbearance for struggling property owners. Specific notes include:

  • Supplemental financial assistance for both HUD and Rural Housing
    Service programs
  • Eviction moratoriums should have a limited timeframe and not lengthen the process of pursuing a legitimate eviction (including lease violations such as property damage, criminal activity, or community endangerment)
  • Financial relief to both renters and rental property owners

National Low Income Housing Coalition’s “Responding to Coronavirus, Ensuring Housing Stability During A Crisis” (March 2020)
Highlights include:
Urgent Needs for People Experiencing Homelessness

  • Providing $5 billion in McKinney-Vento Emergency Solutions Grants funds can help local communities minimize the number of people living in homeless encampment
  • Provide short-term rental assistance, like the Disaster Housing Assistance program
  • Moratorium on sweeps of homeless encampments

Urgent Needs for America’s Lowest-Income Renters

  • Moratorium on evictions
  • Rental assistance and eviction prevention
  • Emergency funds for public housing and other HUD housing providers
  • Provide legal services to those facing eviction or forclosure

Coalition on Human Needs (March 13, 2020)

NLIHC and Other National and Regional Leaders Urge Congress to Provide Housing and Homelessness Assistance During Pandemic (NLIHC, March 19, 2020)

NLIHC, NHLP, and Leading Age Send Joint Letters Urging HUD and USDA to Protect Tenants during Coronavirus Outbreak (NLIHC, March 19, 2020)

OMB Sends Letter to Congress Requesting Additional $400 Million for Homeless Assistance Grants in Response to Coronavirus (Politico, March 17, 2020)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent a letter to Senate leadership asking for homelessness assistance funding to be included in any legislative action surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. (United States Senate, March 21, 2020)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) both urged the Trump Administration to approve all disaster assistance requested by New York State. (Kirstin Gillibrand, March 23, 2020)

NAHRO Calls on Congress, HUD to Help Housing Providers During COVID-19 Crisis (NAHRO, March 20, 2020)

Letters to the President

Representative Meng Urges President Trump to Provide Immediate Relief to the Nation’s Most Vulnerable Citizens (March 19, 2020)
Highlights include:

  • Establish a moratorium by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding foreclosures and evictions – especially for individuals living in federally-subsidized housing, including public housing.
  • Establish an emergency assistance fund for individuals at risk of homelessness for emergency rental assistance, emergency mortgage assistance, and supplemental support for federal housing.
  • Ensure residents, especially Medicare and Medicaid enrollees, of HUD-assisted and USDA-assisted properties have on-site healthcare assistance and access to food, medication, and other vital necessities.
  • Support resources for the McKinney-Vento Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and short-term rental assistance, like the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP), including, at a minimum, $5 billion for ESG, and $5 billion for short-term financial assistance and housing stabilization services.
  • Support $1 billion in FEMA emergency food and shelter grants, of which menstrual hygiene products are allowed purchasable items.
  • Provide guidance on sanitation and hygiene of homeless service providers and outreach workers; considerations for staffing issues and coverage given the increasing number of infected individuals; and resources for immediate self-quarantining for the infected.
  • Encourage cities and states to negotiate with utilities to temporarily halt water and sewage payments.

State and Local Responses


Information from National League of Cities

Coronavirus Responses around the U.S.
Bloomberg Philanthropies: Local Action Tracker

Eviction Moratoria


Map of Eviction Moratoria throughout the United States.

Table on Eviction Moratoria by Individual Jurisdiction
(data underlying the map above)

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