Coronavirus Resources for Low Income Households

Last updated on August 3rd, 2020

On March 27th, 2020 President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, commonly referred to as the CARES Act. The bipartisan legislation passed 96-0 in the Senate on March 25th and was passed by the House of Representatives by voice vote shortly before being signed by the President.

The CARES Act is the third piece of legislation enacted by the federal government in response to the coronavirus pandemic and includes provisions that directly affect American households. Most popular is the authorization of direct payments to Americans to help cover household costs and boost the struggling economy. Advocates hope a sweeping expansion of unemployment insurance is enough to help working families in an economy that saw over 3 million new unemployment claims in the days leading up to the passage of this legislation.

Affordable Housing Online will continue monitoring the state's and federal government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak and maintain a list of resources to help low income households navigate critical services during this unprecedented time. 

Waiting List Updates

Affordable Housing Online will continue to cover the latest information on open, postponed, or cancelled Section 8 and Public Housing waiting lists.

Most Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public but are still running and will communicate by phone, email, or mail. Some offices have drop boxes installed outside, so documents can still be hand-delivered. We encourage those with specific questions for housing authorities to visit the agency's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. However, due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response. 

We have published a Public Housing Agency directory for each state to help low-income renters find agency websites, contact information, and the latest waiting list updates.


Coronavirus Coverage on Affordable Housing Online

Report shows that affordable housing is “Out of Reach” everywhere in the country (July 28, 2020)

A new report shows that even before the coronavirus pandemic there is no place in the country where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford a modest apartment. With millions already paying more than half of what they earn for rent, the Out of Reach 2020 annual report by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) shows that the economic crisis caused by the pandemic will put millions of low-income renters at risk of losing their homes.

Trump Admin again proposes rule that will hurt homeless transgender persons (July 23, 2020)

HUD announced this month that it will propose a rule change that allows local shelter providers to discriminate against homeless transgender persons. If the rule is implemented, transgender persons who are homeless could be turned away from shelters because of their gender identity.

House passes pandemic housing bills; pressure on Senate Republicans to support more housing assistance (July 14, 2020)

A housing bill passed in June by the House of Representative is one of several moves to pressure Senate Republicans into supporting major housing provisions in the next coronavirus stimulus package.

Experts fear for eviction crisis during coronavirus pandemic (July 2, 2020)

July rent is due for millions of American renters, but many are still unable to pay as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. As states lift eviction moratoria, many fear a wave of evictions is soon to come.

American renters want housing assistance during the pandemic (June 16, 2020)

Low-income renters across the country are at risk of losing their homes because of the coronavirus pandemic. A new poll shows that more than half of all people worry that they will lose their housing without additional assistance, and the vast majority of Americans also feel the government should help people stay in stable housing during the pandemic.

Speaker Pelosi talks about housing assistance during the pandemic (June 5, 2020)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addressed affordable housing advocates and low-income renters this week in a webinar hosted by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). During the call, Pelosi laid out the emergency housing measures recently passed by the House, and discussed next steps on affordable housing and coronavirus relief. 

HUD report shows housing programs serve those with the lowest incomes (June 2, 2020)

A recent HUD report shows that even though HUD programs reach a fraction of those who qualify, tenants in HUD-assisted housing are among the poorest and most vulnerable in our nation. HUD’s report, Characteristics of HUD-Assisted Renters and Their Units in 2017, is the tenth report in this series since 1989, and allows HUD to track changes in where assisted housing is located and who is living there. In 2017, HUD provided rental subsidies to 4,540,000 households.

Former inmates face housing discrimination during the pandemic (May 22, 2020)

Prisons and jails around the country have become COVID-19 hot spots. In an effort to decompress correctional facilities, many state and local governments are allowing early release of some inmates. Those being released face the same problems finding housing as anyone else leaving the criminal justice system. However, they can also face discrimination because landlords fear exposure to the coronavirus.

HEROES Act would give a lot of support to low-income renters (May 15, 2020)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unveiled the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act this week. This is the House’s latest aid package to help people and businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. At $3 trillion, it would surpass the recent CARES Act as the largest aid package in U.S. history.

Housing experts say landlords cannot reject or evict tenants over coronavirus fears (May 8, 2020)

Low-income renters face all kinds of roadblocks to finding affordable housing. For many, discrimination has historically been an obstacle to getting and keeping a decent place to live. With fears growing as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, can landlords evict tenants or deny applicants because they might be at risk for COVID-19? Most fair housing experts agree the Fair Housing Act says they cannot.

House lawmakers push national eviction ban and rent suspension (May 1, 2020)

Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing legislation that will ban evictions and suspend rent payments for all renters nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of renters are not covered by a patchwork of local, state and federal eviction moratoria. 

Homeless persons face the worst of the coronavirus pandemic (April 23, 2020)

Many state and local governments are recognizing that if COVID-19 spreads among the homeless population, it would be a public health disaster. Cities nationwide are making efforts to help the homeless, but there’s a lot of uncertainty when looking into the future.

Need for emergency rental assistance grows during the coronavirus pandemic (April 15, 2020)

Some members of Congress are calling for a bold federal commitment to emergency rental assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Although many states have temporarily suspended evictions, just protecting low-income renters during the crisis is not enough. When the eviction orders are eventually lifted, renters will still be on the hook for months of unpaid rent, and could still lose their homes.

Infrastructure program at risk of Trump cuts gets big boost to help communities during pandemic (April 10, 2020)

A public infrastructure program that President Trump has tried to get rid of since he took office is showing its usefulness during the COVID-19 outbreak. Despite the president’s opposition to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Congress just gave CDBG a $5 billion increase in its most recent coronavirus stimulus package.

Calls grow for rent forgiveness as governments order businesses to close (April 3rd, 2020)

Congress has suspended evictions in federally assisted housing during the coronavirus pandemic. Many states have also halted all evictions during the crisis. But people can face thousands of dollars in back rent payments when eviction suspensions are lifted.

Low-income renters helped by $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus (March 27, 2020)

The Senate passed a historic $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package on a vote of 96-0. It will benefit low-income renters in several ways. It will provide direct financial assistance to people, expand and increase unemployment insurance, halt evictions in federally-backed rental housing and foreclosures on federally-insured mortgages.

Cities, states and feds suspending evictions during coronavirus crisis (March 25, 2020)

Local and state governments around the country are suspending eviction and foreclosure actions, giving a break to low-income renters hurt during the coronavirus crisis. President Trump has also directed HUD to suspend evictions and foreclosures for a short time. But not all renters are protected.

How housing authorities are communicating with low income households amid coronavirus (March 23, 2020)

As state governments begin to order the closure of non-essential businesses and services, low income households are concerned about access to critical housing information and services. Affordable Housing Online investigates how the largest Public Housing Agencies are communicating with the low-income families and communities they serve.

FTC warns about government check scams (March 19, 2020)

As the United States Congress appears ready to pass the largest economic stimulus package in American history many households are anticipating a direct payment from the government to help cover the cost of living. Affordable Housing Online covers the FTC's warning that scammers may already be trying to take advantage of those in need.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson appointed to president’s coronavirus task force (March 11, 2020)

HUD Secretary Ben Carson was recently appointed to the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The Task Force is charged with leading the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak. Affordable Housing Online reported on Secretary Carson's new responsibilities and actions as part of the task force.


Important Updates on Stimulus Payments For Low Income Households

Under Section 2201 of the CARES Act, the federal government will be issuing a stimulus payment to individuals in the form of a one-time tax rebate.The payment will be based on 2018 tax returns or, for those who have already filed, 2019 tax returns. The amount will be determined by your filing status and your adjusted gross income. Those claimed as dependents of another tax-payer are not eligible for the direct payment.

    Notice for Low Income Households and those receiving Social Security or Disability Benefits

    Previously, the Treasury Department stated that those receiving Social Security or railroad retirement benefits would have to file a simple tax return for this payment, but this requirement was waived on April 1st. “Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return do not need to take an action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account,” Secretary Mnuchin stated in a press release.

    However, those who do not receive social security or railroad retirement benefits may still be required to complete a simple return to receive a direct deposit if they do not typically file taxes. 

    April 15th, 2020 Update

    As of April 15th, 2020, the IRS Has published a method for Non-Filers to provide the information required for the Economic Impact Payment. If the IRS does not have your direct deposit information, you can submit it through the official online portal hereNote: This is the only valid website where you can submit this information. If any other web page claims it can be used for this purpose, it is fraudulent.
     

    When will I receive the Stimulus Payment?

    Comments from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggest the first direct deposit payments will be made by April 17th. Based on the information published by the IRS, the order in which individuals will receive their one-time payment may be as follows:

    1. People who have filed taxes in 2019 or in 2018 and have elected for direct deposit will likely receive their payment first by April 17th.
    2. First time filers who provide direct deposit information to the IRS through the web tool will likely receive their payments in the weeks following April 17th based on the date information was provided.
    3. Those who have already filed their taxes but elected a return method other then direct deposit may also use the web tool to request a direct deposit of this stimulus payment and likewise receive their payment in the weeks following April 17th based on the date information was provided.
    4. The IRS has not published a time frame for those receiving paper checks for those who have not been able to provide direct deposit information. However, an IRS spokesperson told the Washington Post that the plan is to begin distributing paper checks to the lowest earners on April 24th, starting with those earning less than $10,000.

    CARES Act Cash Payment Amounts

    • Those who filed their latest tax return as single with income less than $75,000 are eligible for a one-time payment of $1,200.
    • Those who filed their latest tax return as a head of household with income less than $112,500 are eligible for a one-time payment of $1,200 plus an additional $500 per dependent child.
    • Those who jointly filed their latest tax returns as married with income less than $150,000 are eligible for a one-time payment of $1,200 plus an additional $500 per dependent child.

    CARES Act Cash Payment Income Limits
    For those who earn above the threshold for their filing status, payments will decrease as earned income increases. The payment amount decreases by $5 for every $100 in income above the threshold.

    • Those who filed their latest tax return as single with income greater than $99,000 are not eligible for the payment.
    • Those who filed their latest tax return as a head of household with income greater than $136,500 are not eligible for the payment.
    • Those who jointly filed their latest tax returns as married with income greater than $198,000 are not eligible for the payment.

    Unemployment Benefits Under the CARES Act

    Title II, Subtitle A of the CARES Act includes an emergency expansion of unemployment benefits for those who lose work during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Key provisions of the title include a $600 weekly increase in payments, less strict unemployment eligibility requirements, and a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits beyond the period determined by the states.

    Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

    Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a temporary federal program that extends qualification of unemployment benefits for those who become fully or partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to COVID-19 on or after January 27, 2020; and are not eligible to receive or have already exhausted traditional unemployment compensation programs.

    For more information:

    Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

    Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) is a temporary federal program that gave an additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits to workers who became unemployed between the start date of their state's PUA agreement, and July 31, 2020. These benefits have not yet been extended past the end of July.

    Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

    Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provides 13 additional weeks of unemployment payments to workers who have already exhausted their regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.


    Coronavirus Eviction Policies By State

    The table below lists state and local eviction policy changes beyond changes made for federally funded housing. For a list of federal housing programs with eviction halts or policy changes, view our FAQ Can I be evicted if I can't pay rent because of coronavirus?

    Understanding the Table Below

    An entry of "-" in any field indicates that information is unknown or not applicable.

    An entry of "Statewide", "District-wide", or "Territory-wide" indicates that the policy is in effect across all jurisdictions within the State, District, or Territory. In some cases, a local policy may provide additional protections from eviction than the state level policy.

    The "Effective Through" field is accurate per the best available source, though as state and local governments adjust their responses to this crisis these dates may change. 

    "Evictions Suspended?" Value Dictionary:

    • Yes - The state or locality has suspended evictions through the provided date.
    • Yes, With Limitations - The state or locality has suspended some evictions through the provided date. Those limitations will be presented in the Notes column where available.
    • No - Based on best available resources, eviction proceedings are ongoing in this state.

    Because the response to the crisis is in motion, we encourage you to follow up with the source included in the table for up to date details. Additionally, the Court System Website link in the state resource table below may have important details for those seeking urgent information. 

     

    State Locality Evictions Suspended? Effective Through Notes Source
    Alabama Statewide Yes, with Limitations 4/17/2020 Court Hearings suspended, electronic filings still available Source
    Alaska Statewide Yes 4/3/2020 - Source
    American Samoa Territory-wide None Found - - Source
    Arizona Statewide Yes, with Limitations 7/22/2020 Arizona's Governor issued an executive order that only applies to renters who are quarantining due to the Coronavirus or are facing economic hardship as a result of the outbreak Source
    Arkansas Statewide None Found - - Source
    California Statewide Yes 5/31/2020 - Source
    California San Francisco, California Yes 4/20/2020 - Source
    Colorado Statewide Yes 4/30/2020 Also suspended disconnection of Public Utiltiies Source
    Colorado Denver, Colorado Yes Until further notice - Source
    Connecticut Statewide Yes 5/1/2020 - Source
    Delaware Statewide Yes 5/1/2020 - Source
    District of Columbia District-wide Yes 5/31/2020 - Source
    Florida Statewide Yes 4/17/2020 Court Hearings suspended Source
    Florida Miami-Dade County, Florida Yes Until further notice - Source
    Georgia Statewide None Found - - Source
    Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Yes 5/15/2020 - Source
    Guam Territory-wide Yes 4/13/2020 - Source
    Hawaii Statewide Yes 4/30/2020 - Source
    Idaho Statewide Yes, with Limitations Until further notice Court Hearings suspended at the discretion of the presiding judge, Blaine County hearings have been suspended Source
    Idaho Boise, Idaho Yes, with Limitations Until further notice City owned properties have suspended or blocked evictions Source
    Illinois Statewide Yes 4/11/2020 - Source
    Indiana Statewide Yes Until further notice - Source
    Iowa Statewide Yes 4/16/2020 - Source
    Kansas Statewide Yes 5/1/2020 - Source
    Kentucky Statewide Yes 4/10/2020 - Source
    Louisiana Statewide Yes Until further notice Also suspended water shut-offs Source
    Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Yes 4/30/2020 - Source
    Maine Statewide Yes 5/5/2020 - Source
    Maryland Statewide Yes Until further notice - Source
    Maryland Baltimore , Maryland Yes 4/24/2020 - Source
    Massachusetts Statewide Yes 4/21/2020 - Source
    Michigan Statewide Yes Until further notice - Source
    Michigan Detroit Yes 8/15/2020 - Source
    Minnesota Statewide Yes Until further notice - Source
    Mississippi Statewide None Found - - Source
    Mississippi Biloxi, Mississippi Yes 4/10/2020 Biloxi Municipal Court postponed in-court appearances through April 10 Source
    Missouri Statewide None Found - - Source
    Missouri Columbia, Missouri Yes 4/17/2020 - Source
    Missouri St. Louis, Missouri Yes Until further notice Also suspended disconnection of water through May 15, 2020 Source
    Montana Statewide None Found - None, other than HUD-owned properties Source
    Montana Butte, Montana Yes 5/31/2020 - Source
    Nebraska Statewide Yes 5/31/2020 - Source
    Nevada Statewide Yes Until further notice Governor also stated landlords must waive late fees during this same period Source
    Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Yes 4/17/2020 - Source
    New Hampshire Statewide Yes Until further notice - Source
    New Jersey Statewide Yes 5/19/2020 - Source
    New Jersey Newark, New Jersey Yes Until further notice - Source
    New Mexico Statewide Yes Until further notice - Source
    New York Statewide Yes 6/20/2020 - Source
    North Carolina Statewide Yes 4/15/2020 - Source
    North Dakota Statewide Yes Until further notice - Source
    Northern Mariana Islands Territory-wide None Found - - Source
    Ohio Statewide None Found - State Government H.B. 562 introduced on 3/23 but not voted on yet, suspended disconnection of water through May 15, 2020 Source
    Ohio Cleveland, Ohio Yes 4/17/2020 Cleveland Housing Court suspended all non-emergency proceedings including evictions until 4/17/2020 Source
    Oklahoma Statewide None Found - - Source
    Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Yes Unconfirmed - Source
    Oregon Statewide Yes 6/22/2020 - Source
    Pennsylvania Statewide Yes 4/3/2020 - Source
    Puerto Rico Territory-wide None Found - As of 3/23/2020 there is a 90 day moratorium for mortgages, car loans and personal loans. Source
    Rhode Island Statewide Yes 4/19/2020 - Source
    South Carolina Statewide Yes 5/1/2020 - Source
    South Dakota Statewide None Found - - Source
    Tennessee Statewide Yes 3/31/2020 - Source
    Tennessee Nashville, Tennessee Yes Until further notice - Source
    Texas Statewide Yes 4/19/2020 - Source
    Texas Austin, Texas Yes 4/19/2020 - Source
    Utah Statewide Yes Until further notice - Source
    Vermont Statewide None Found - - Source
    Virgin Islands Territory-wide None Found - - Source
    Virginia Statewide Yes 6/10/2020 - Source
    Washington Statewide Yes 4/18/2020 - Source
    Washington Seattle, Washington Yes Until further notice King County Sheriff's Office not enforcing court-ordered evictions until further notice Source
    West Virginia Statewide Yes 4/10/2020 - Source
    Wisconsin Statewide Yes 5/22/2020 - Source
    Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Yes 4/9/2020 - Source
    Wyoming Statewide Yes 4/10/2020 - Source

    Homeless and Emergency Housing Resources By State

    For those who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, HUD has a page for each state (including Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) with information for local supportive services. These pages include website links to organizations that help with the following services:

    • Shelter
    • Help hotlines
    • Contacting a housing counselor
    • Emergency rental assistance
    • Avoiding foreclosure
    • Help with utility bills
    • Food banks
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Homeless service groups
    • Legal assistance
    • Social Security offices
    • Homeless Veterans
    • United Way
    • Jobs and job training

    Here are the HUD Homeless Resource pages for each state:

    Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas

    California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware

    District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii

    Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa

    Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine

    Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota

    Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska

    Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico

    New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio

    Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico / Virgin Islands

    Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee

    Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia

    Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming


    HUD Resources

    Links to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Resources

    HUD.gov/coronavirus

    Renters

    Homeless Service Providers

    HOPWA Programs

    Public Housing Agencies

    Multifamily Property Owners

    Homeowners

    Native Americans

    FHA Lenders and Office of Housing Program Participants

    Community Planning and Development Grantees

    Grantees


    USDA Rural Housing Resources

    Links to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Coronavirus Resources

    Immediate Opportunities for RD Customers Impacted by COVID-19

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    Resources and Services By State

    State State Website Governor's Website Unemployment Health Services Court System Website
    Alabama www.alabama.gov Gov. Kay Ivey Alabama Unemployment Benefits Alabama Department of Public Health Alabama Judicial System
    Alaska alaska.gov Gov. Mike Dunleavy Alaska Unemployment Benefits Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Alaska Court System
    American Samoa www.americansamoa.gov Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed
    Arizona az.gov Gov. Doug Ducey Arizona Unemployment Benefits Arizona Department of Health Services Arizona Judicial Branch
    Arkansas portal.arkansas.gov Gov. Asa Hutchinson Arkansas Unemployment Benefits Arkansas Department of Health Arkansas Judiciary
    California www.ca.gov Gov. Gavin Newsom California Unemployment Benefits California Department of Public Health California Courts
    Colorado www.colorado.gov Gov. Jared Polis Colorado Unemployment Benefits Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Colorado Judicial Branch
    Connecticut portal.ct.gov Gov. Ned Lamont Connecticut Unemployment Benefits Connecticut State Department of Public Health Connecticut Judicial Branch
    Delaware delaware.gov Gov. John Carney Delaware Unemployment Benefits Delaware Health and Social Services Delaware Courts
    District Of Columbia https://dc.gov/ Mayor Muriel Bowser District Of Columbia Unemployment Benefits District of Columbia Health and Human Services District of Columbia Courts
    Florida www.myflorida.com Gov. Ron DeSantis Florida Unemployment Benefits Florida Department of Health Florida Courts
    Georgia georgia.gov Gov. Brian Kemp Georgia Unemployment Benefits Georgia Department of Public Health Judicial Council of Georgia
    Guam www.guam.gov Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed
    Hawaii portal.ehawaii.gov Gov. David Ige Hawaii Unemployment Benefits Hawaii State Department of Health Hawai'i State Judiciary
    Idaho www.state.id.us Gov. Brad Little Idaho Unemployment Benefits Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Idaho Judicial Branch
    Illinois www2.illinois.gov Gov. JB Pritzker Illinois Unemployment Benefits Illinois Department of Public Health Illinois Courts
    Indiana www.in.govcore Gov. Eric Holcomb Indiana Unemployment Benefits Indiana State Department of Health Indiana Judicial Branch
    Iowa www.iowa.gov Gov. Kim Reynolds Iowa Unemployment Benefits Iowa Department of Public Health Iowa Judicial Branch
    Kansas portal.kansas.gov Gov. Laura Kelly Kansas Unemployment Benefits Kansas Department of Health and Environment Kansas Judicial Branch
    Kentucky kentucky.govPageshome.aspx Gov. Andy Beshear Kentucky Unemployment Benefits Kentucky Department for Public Health Kentucky Court of Justice
    Louisiana louisiana.gov Gov. John Bel Edwards Louisiana Unemployment Benefits Louisiana Department of Health Louisiana Judicial Branch
    Maine www.maine.govportalindex.html Gov. Janet Mills Maine Unemployment Benefits Maine Department of Health and Human Services Maine Judicial Branch
    Maryland www.maryland.govPagesdefault.aspx Gov. Larry Hogan Maryland Unemployment Benefits Maryland Department of Health Maryland Courts
    Massachusetts www.mass.gov Gov. Charlie Baker Massachusetts Unemployment Benefits Massachusetts Department of Public Health Massachusetts Court System
    Michigan www.michigan.gov Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Michigan Unemployment Benefits Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services Michigan Courts
    Minnesota mn.govportal Gov. Tim Walz Minnesota Unemployment Benefits Minnesota Department of Health Minnesota Judicial Branch
    Mississippi www.ms.gov Gov. Tate Reeves Mississippi Unemployment Benefits Mississippi State Department of Health Mississippi Judiciary
    Missouri www.mo.gov Gov. Mike Parson Missouri Unemployment Benefits Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Missouri Courts
    Montana mt.gov Gov. Steve Bullock Montana Unemployment Benefits Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Montana Judicial Branch
    Nebraska www.nebraska.gov Gov. Pete Ricketts Nebraska Unemployment Benefits Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Nebraska Judicial Branch
    Nevada www.nv.gov Gov. Steve Sisolak Nevada Unemployment Benefits Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health Nevada Judiciary
    New Hampshire www.state.nh.us Gov. Chris Sununu New Hampshire Unemployment Benefits New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services New Hampshire Judicial Branch
    New Jersey www.state.nj.us Gov. Phil Murphy New Jersey Unemployment Benefits New Jersey Department of Health New Jersey Courts
    New Mexico www.newmexico.gov Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham New Mexico Unemployment Benefits New Mexico Department of Health New Mexico Courts
    New York www.ny.gov Gov. Andrew Cuomo New York Unemployment Benefits New York State Department of Health New York State Unified Court System
    North Carolina www.ncgov.com Gov. Roy Cooper North Carolina Unemployment Benefits North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services North Carolina Judicial Branch
    North Dakota www.nd.gov Gov. Doug Burgum North Dakota Unemployment Benefits North Dakota Department of Health North Dakota Courts
    Northern Mariana Islands gov.mp Gov. Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed
    Ohio ohio.gov Gov. Mike DeWine Ohio Unemployment Benefits Ohio Department of Health Ohio Courts
    Oklahoma www.state.ok.us Gov. Kevin Stitt Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits Oklahoma State Department of Health Oklahoma State Courts
    Oregon www.oregon.gov Gov. Kate Brown Oregon Unemployment Benefits Oregon Health Authority Oregon Judicial Department
    Pennsylvania www.pa.gov Gov. Tom Wolf Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits Pennsylvania Department of Health Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
    Puerto Rico prfaa.pr.gov Wanda Vázquez Garced Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed
    Rhode Island www.ri.gov Gov. Gina Raimondo Rhode Island Unemployment Benefits Rhode Island Department of Health Rhode Island Judiciary
    South Carolina www.sc.gov Gov. Henry McMaster South Carolina Unemployment Benefits South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control South Carolina Judicial Branch
    South Dakota sd.gov Gov. Kristi Noem South Dakota Unemployment Benefits South Dakota Department of Health South Dakota Unified Judicial System
    Tennessee www.tn.gov Gov. Bill Lee Tennessee Unemployment Benefits Tennessee Department of Health Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts
    Texas texas.gov Gov. Greg Abbott Texas Unemployment Benefits Texas Department of State Health Services Texas Judicial Branch
    Utah www.utah.gov Gov. Gary Herbert Utah Unemployment Benefits Utah Department of Health Utah Courts
    Vermont vermont.gov Gov. Phil Scott Vermont Unemployment Benefits Vermont Department of Health Vermont Judiciary
    Virgin Islands vi.gov Gov. Albert Bryan Virgin Islands Unemployment Benefits US Virgin Islands Department of Health Resource Unconfirmed
    Virginia www.virginia.gov Gov. Ralph Northam Virginia Unemployment Benefits Virginia Department of Health Virginia's Judicial System
    Washington access.wa.gov Gov. Jay Inslee Washington Unemployment Benefits Washington State Department of Health Washington Courts
    West Virginia www.wv.gov Gov. Jim Justice West Virginia Unemployment Benefits West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources West Virginia Judiciary
    Wisconsin www.wisconsin.gov Gov. Tony Evers Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits Wisconsin Department of Health Services Wisconsin Court System
    Wyoming wyoming.gov Gov. Mark Gordon Wyoming Unemployment Benefits Wyoming Department of Health Wyoming Judicial Branch

    Coronavirus Household Concerns and FAQs

    Can I be evicted if I can't pay rent because of coronavirus?
    Are housing authorities still open during the coronavirus outbreak?
    Do I have to do anything if I’m on a rental subsidy program and become unemployed or lose hours from coronavirus?
    What is the government stimulus payment?
    Who qualifies for the government stimulus payment?
    How much will I get from the government stimulus payment?
    How do I get the government stimulus payment?
    When will I get the government stimulus payment?
    Are housing authority voucher ports still happening during the coronavirus outbreak?
    Are housing authority inspections still happening while the coronavirus crisis continues?
    Are Section 8 vouchers being issued by housing authorities in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic?
    Will I have to pay back the government stimulus payment that I get?
    If I rent with a Section 8 voucher and someone in my home or building tests positive for coronavirus, can I live somewhere else?
    If I owe money to the government, will my government stimulus payment be taken to pay that debt?
    How do I give my direct deposit information to get my government stimulus check?
    If I don't pay my rent during a pandemic eviction moratorium, will I owe the rent when the coronavirus pandemic is over?
    How can I track when my government stimulus payment is coming?
    I get direct deposit Social Security payments, when will I get my government stimulus payment?
    Are there protections if I can’t pay utilities during the coronavirus outbreak?
    What is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?
    Who qualifies for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?
    How much money will I get from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?
    How do I apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?
    What is Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)?
    What is Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)?
    Are Section 8 tenants required to report their income from the government stimulus check?
    Do unemployment benefits affect Section 8 and Public Housing income requirements during coronavirus?

    CDC Recommendations to Protect You, Your Family, and Your Community

    We encourage everyone to stay informed and follow the recommendations published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare and protect yourself and your family:

    1. Stay informed on local trends of COVID-19 cases and be wary of misinformation and rumors

    It is critical to stay informed and be aware of false information and bad actors during this crisis. Misinformation and fraudulent services can be accidentally shared on social media by people with good intentions. Affordable Housing Online suggests using the following resources to stay informed and help control harmful rumors about COVD-19:

    2. Know The Symptoms of Infection

    The most common symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Based on best available information, the CDC estimates these symptoms may start to appear 2 to 14 days after infection. 

    The CDC recommends seeking immediate medical attention for persons experiencing trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, or bluish lips or face.

    3. Understand Who is at Higher Risk for Severe Complications

    The CDC identifies the following groups as high risk for severe illness from COVID-19:

    • People aged 65 years and older
    • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
    • Persons with high-risk conditions including:
      • Chronic lung disease
      • Moderate to severe asthma
      • Serious heart conditions
      • Compromised immune system, including patients undergoing cancer treatment or treatments using immune weakening medications
      • Severe obesity or uncontrolled conditions such as diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease
    • People who are pregnant 

    4. Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Those at Higher Risk

    Stay informed on the best practices to prevent illness and protect yourself and those around you. Until otherwise reported by the CDC, be wary of reports of a vaccine for COVID-19. The CDC plainly states, "There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)."

    To protect yourself:

    • Clean Your Hands Often: The CDC recommends cleaning your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not immediately accessible, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
    • Avoid Close Contact: Avoid contact with people who are sick, especially when COVID-19 is spreading in your community.

    To protect others and those at high-risk:

    • Stay Home Except to Get Medical Care: If you are sick, you risk the health and safety of others by going out.
    • Cover Coughs and Sneezes: COVID-19 spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Help prevent additional spread by covering your nose and mouth. Always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
    • Wear a Facemask If You are Sick: People who are sick should wear a facemask when they are close to others, like when sharing a vehicle or a room. People who are not sick should not wear facemasks unless you are caring for a sick person. Facemasks are in short supply and are desperately needed by healthcare professionals and caregivers.
    • Clean and Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces: follow the CDC's guidance on how to properly disinfect to help prevent the spread of illness.