Coronavirus Resources for Low Income Households

Last updated on February 21st, 2022

<p>Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the state&#39;s&nbsp;and federal&nbsp;government&#39;s&nbsp;response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and maintaining a list of resources to help low income households navigate critical services during this unprecedented time.</p><ul></ul>

HUD Waiting Lists

<p>Affordable Housing Online will continue to cover the latest&nbsp;information on open, postponed, or cancelled&nbsp;<a href="">Section 8</a> and <a href="">Public Housing</a> waiting lists.</p><p>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&nbsp;the agency&#39;s&nbsp;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&nbsp;and modified office hours in many areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.</p><p>We have published a <a href="">Public Housing Agency directory</a>&nbsp;for each state to help low-income renters find agency websites, contact information, and the latest waiting list updates.</p>

Eviction Policies

<p><strong>Can I be evicted if I can&#39;t pay rent because of coronavirus?</strong></p><p>The&nbsp;eviction ban enacted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was <a href="">struck down by the Supreme Court on August 26, 2021</a>. This means that any renter who is behind on rent now faces eviction, if their landlord files the paperwork.</p><ul><li><a href=""><strong>What Can I Do to Avoid Eviction?</strong></a></li></ul><p>The CDC initially put a moratorium of evictions&nbsp;in place in September, 2020. This meant that renters could not be evicted if they met the following conditions:</p><ul><li>Must earn less than $99,000, or have received a coronavirus stimulus check.</li><li>Must certify that they have lost a &ldquo;substantial&rdquo; amount of income due to the coronavirus pandemic.</li><li>Must make their &ldquo;best efforts&rdquo; to pay as much of their rent as they can, and pay it as close to when it is due as they can.</li><li>Must certify that eviction will likely lead them to homelessness or doubling up with others.</li></ul><p>The White House has called&nbsp;on all levels of government to step up and keep Americans in their homes during this crisis.</p><p><strong>State and Local Eviction Policies</strong></p><p><strong><a href="">The table provided by The Eviction Lab</a></strong>&nbsp;lists state and local eviction policies that have been made&nbsp;to help renters, in addition to federal action.</p>

Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

<p>To help renters who are struggling to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic, several cities, counties, and states have created emergency rental assistance programs for their residents with CARES Act funds. The application period for some local programs has already closed, but many are currently open as of May, 2021.</p><p><strong><a href="!/vizhome/FinalCOVID-19EmergencyRentalAssistanceProgramMapOneProgram/FINALMAP">Find information about&nbsp;local rental assistance programs in your area&nbsp;here.</a>&nbsp;</strong>(Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition)</p>

Stimulus Payments For Taxpayers

<p>As a result of the country&rsquo;s economic downturn during the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. government has issued stimulus checks to qualified taxpayers. Officially called Economic Impact Payments, three different payments have been made to qualified Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.</p><p>More information about these payments can be found here:</p><ul><li><strong><a href="">What is the government stimulus payment?</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">Who qualifies for the government stimulus payment?</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">How much will I get from the government stimulus payment?</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">How do I get the government stimulus payment?</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">How do I give my direct deposit information to get my government stimulus check?</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">When will I get the government stimulus payment?</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">Will I have to pay back the government stimulus payment that I get?</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">How can I track when my government stimulus payment is coming?</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">I get direct deposit Social Security payments, when will I get my government stimulus payment?</a></strong></li></ul>

Unemployment Benefits

<p>In 2020, the CARES Act included&nbsp;an emergency expansion of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits for those who lose work during the coronavirus outbreak. These benefits have been extended until September 6, 2021, after President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law.</p><p>Key services include a $300 increase in weekly payments, less strict unemployment eligibility requirements, and a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits beyond the period determined by the states.</p><p><strong>Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)</strong></p><p>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.</p><p>For more information:</p><ul><li><strong><a href="">What is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">Who qualifies for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">How much money will I get from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">How do I apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?</a></strong></li></ul><p><strong>Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)</strong></p><p>Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) is a temporary federal program that gives an additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits to workers who became unemployed between the start date of their state&#39;s PUA agreement, and September 6, 2021.</p><p><a href="">More information can be found here.</a></p><p><strong>Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)</strong></p><p>Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provides 13 additional weeks of unemployment payments to workers who have already exhausted their regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.</p><p><a href="">More information can be found here.</a></p>

Coronavirus Scams

<p>Since coronavirus hit the country, scammers and hackers have ramped up their volume of tricks and cons. It&rsquo;s important to be aware of scams going on right now, to make sure you don&rsquo;t become a victim.</p><p><strong><a href="">Read About Coronavirus Scams and How to Avoid Them Here.</a></strong></p>

COVID-19 Vaccine Webpages

<p>AL:&nbsp;<a href="">Alabama Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>AK:&nbsp;<a href="">Alaska Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>AZ:&nbsp;<a href="">Arizona Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>AR:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">Arkansas Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>CA:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">California Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>CO:&nbsp;<a href="">Colorado Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>CT:&nbsp;<a href="">Connecticut Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>DE:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">Delaware Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>DC:&nbsp;<a href="">District of Columbia Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>FL:&nbsp;<a href="">Florida Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>GA:&nbsp;<a href="">Georgia Vaccine Appts.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>HI:&nbsp;<a href="">Hawaii Vaccine Appts.&nbsp;</a></p><p>ID:&nbsp;<a href="">Idaho Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>IL:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">Illinois Vaccine Appts.&nbsp;</a></p><p>IN:&nbsp;<a href="">Indiana Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>IA:&nbsp;<a href="">Iowa Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>KS:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">Kansas Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>KY:<a href=""> Kentucky Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>LA:&nbsp;<a href="">Louisiana Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>ME:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">Maine Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>MD:&nbsp;<a href="">Maryland Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>MA:&nbsp;<a href="">Massachusetts Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>MI:&nbsp;<a href=",9753,7-406-98178_103214_104822---,00.html">Michigan Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>MN:&nbsp;<a href="">Minnesota Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>MS:&nbsp;<a href=",0,420,976.html#drive">Mississippi Vaccine Drive Through Appts.&nbsp;</a></p><p>MO:&nbsp;<a href="">Missouri Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>MT:&nbsp;<a href="">Montana Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>NE:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">Nebraska Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>NV:&nbsp;<a href="">Nevada Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>NH:&nbsp;<a href="">New Hampshire Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>NJ:&nbsp;<a href="">New Jersey Vaccine Registration for Appts.</a></p><p>NM:&nbsp;<a href="">New Mexico Vaccine Registration for Appts.&nbsp;</a></p><p>NY:&nbsp;<a href="">New York Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>NC:&nbsp;<a href="">North Carolina Vaccine Information</a></p><p>ND:&nbsp;<a href="">North Dakota Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>OH:&nbsp;<a href="">Ohio Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>OK:&nbsp;<a href="">Oklahoma Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>OR:&nbsp;<a href="">Oregon Vaccine Registration for Appts.</a></p><p>PA:&nbsp;<a href="">Pennsylvania Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>RI:&nbsp;<a href="">Rhode Island Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>SC:&nbsp;<a href="">South Carolina Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>SD:&nbsp;<a href="">South Dakota Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>TN:&nbsp;<a href="">Tennessee Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>TX:&nbsp;<a href="">Texas Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>UT:&nbsp;<a href="">Utah Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>VT:&nbsp;<a href="">Vermont Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>VA:&nbsp;<a href="">Virginia Vaccine Registration for Appts.</a></p><p>WA:&nbsp;<a href="">Washington State Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>WV:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=",-2021.aspx">West Virginia Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>WI:&nbsp;<a href="">Wisconsin Vaccine Sites</a></p><p>WY:&nbsp;<a href="">Wyoming Vaccine Registration for Appts.</a></p><p>American Samoa:&nbsp; No online COVID vaccine locations or appointment opportunities found</p><p>Guam: No online COVID vaccine locations or appointment opportunities found</p><p>Northern Mariana Islands:&nbsp; <a href="">Northern Mariana Vaccine Appts.</a></p><p>Puerto Rico: <a href="">Puerto Rico Vaccine Information</a></p><p>Virgin Islands: <a href="">U.S. Virgin islands Vaccine Information</a></p>

Latest News

<p><strong>November, 2021</strong></p><p><a href=""><strong>Programs now helping renters with second round of Emergency Rental Assistance</strong></a>&nbsp;- November 9, 2021</p><p>While most state and local programs are focused on using up the first pot of ERA funds, some programs have begun tapping into the second pot of funding.</p><p><strong><a href="">Bill would make housing vouchers an entitlement for all that need assistance</a></strong>&nbsp;- November 2, 2021</p><p>Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) has introduced legislation that would make Housing Choice Vouchers an entitlement. Her proposal would mean that every low-income renter needing assistance will be able to get a voucher.</p><p><strong>October, 2021</strong></p><p><a href=""><strong>HUD launches House America Initiative to reduce homelessness</strong></a>&nbsp;- October 26, 2021</p><p>The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has launched a new effort to reduce homelessness around the country.</p><p><a href=""><strong>New research shows where evictions are most likely to happen</strong></a>&nbsp;- October 20, 2021</p><p>Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a tool to identify areas where evictions are most likely to happen when pandemic eviction protections end.</p><p><strong><a href="">Eviction hotspots found in most cities before and during the pandemic</a>&nbsp;</strong>- October 14, 2021</p><p>Research at Princeton University shows that a large portion of eviction filings are made by just a few landlords in a handful of buildings.</p><p><a href=""><strong>HUD publishes new rule for affordable housing tenants facing eviction</strong></a>&nbsp;- October 8, 2021</p><p>Yesterday, HUD&nbsp;announced a new rule to help spread awareness of ERA funds for many of its tenants who are facing eviction.</p><p><strong><a href="">New bill proposal will speed up ERA payments</a></strong> - October 8, 2021</p><p>New legislation in the House of Representatives will speed up ERA payments, if voted into law.</p><p><strong><a href="">How a government default could impact low-income renters</a></strong> - October 5, 2021</p><p>Low-income renters will be badly hurt if Congress fails to suspend the debt ceiling before the middle of October.</p><p><strong>September, 2021</strong></p><p><a href=""><strong>Landlords: Consider This Before You Choose to Evict</strong></a>&nbsp;- September 30, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">Minimum wage workers in U.S. cannot afford rent</a></strong> - September 25, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>House proposes historic housing funds for infrastructure bill</strong></a>&nbsp;- September 16, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">What&rsquo;s next for renters, now that the eviction moratorium is gone?</a>&nbsp;</strong>- September 10, 2021</p><p><strong>August, 2021</strong></p><p><a href=""><strong>Millions of renters at risk as Supreme Court overturns CDC eviction moratorium</strong></a>&nbsp;- August 27, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>House passes FY 22 HUD spending bill with thousands of new vouchers</strong></a>&nbsp;- August 23, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">Hot homebuyer market is hurting low-income renters</a></strong>&nbsp;- August 6, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>What the new CDC eviction moratorium means, and how it works</strong></a> - August 5, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">CDC eviction moratorium has expired</a></strong> - August 2, 2021</p><p><strong>July, 2021</strong></p><p><a href=""><strong>Eviction diversion programs keep tenants out of court and in their homes</strong></a>&nbsp;- July 22, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>Rising building costs could slow down new affordable housing development</strong></a>&nbsp;- July 21, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">Reminder: The CDC eviction moratorium ends in two weeks</a></strong>&nbsp;- July 16, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">Q: If I&rsquo;m homeless, can I still get a government stimulus check?</a></strong>&nbsp;- July 2, 2021</p><p><strong>June, 2021</strong></p><p><a href=""><strong>Supreme Court lets eviction moratorium stand</strong></a>&nbsp;- June 30, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>Biden administration to extend CDC eviction moratorium through end of July</strong></a>&nbsp;- June 23, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">Arkansas renter group helps people keep their homes during the pandemic</a></strong>&nbsp;- June 17, 2021</p><p><a href="http://Some HUD residents still face eviction challenges during pandemic"><strong>Some HUD residents still face eviction challenges during pandemic</strong></a>&nbsp;- June 10, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>Biden&rsquo;s FY22 budget increases housing opportunities for low-income renters</strong></a>&nbsp;- June 4, 2021</p><p><strong>May, 2021</strong></p><p><a href=""><strong>Biden proposes big boost for low-income workers and families</strong></a>&nbsp;- May 19, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>New guidance makes it easier for renters to get Emergency Rental Assistance</strong></a>&nbsp;- May 18, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>Still waiting on your stimulus check? File your taxes</strong></a> - May 11, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">Millions of renters at risk as federal judge strikes down CDC eviction moratorium</a></strong> - May 6, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">HUD reverses Trump admin effort to exclude transgender people from shelters</a></strong> - May 3, 2021</p><p><strong>April, 2021</strong></p><p><a href=""><strong>Landlord screening practices can keep good tenants out</strong></a>&nbsp;- April 23, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>Biden&rsquo;s first budget proposes more money for affordable housing</strong></a>&nbsp;- April 20, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>States are slow getting emergency rental assistance to desperate tenants</strong></a>&nbsp;- April 9, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">Affordable housing is a big focus of Biden&rsquo;s infrastructure plan</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;</strong>April 8, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">&ldquo;Right to counsel&rdquo; movement helping renters avoid eviction</a></strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;April 1, 2021</p><p><strong>March, 2021</strong></p><p><a href=""><strong>Indiana law opens the door to more evictions</strong></a>&nbsp;- March 30, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>Open letter from Affordable Housing Online: Considerations for new HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge</strong></a>&nbsp;- March 24, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">Biden&rsquo;s American Rescue Plan is a lifeline for low-income renters</a></strong>&nbsp;- March 15, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>Recommendations to improve racial equity in emergency rental assistance programs</strong></a>&nbsp;- March 11, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>CDC national eviction protections still in place despite Texas judge&rsquo;s ruling</strong></a>&nbsp;- March 5, 2021</p><p><strong>February, 2021</strong></p><p><a href=""><strong>&ldquo;No-cause&rdquo; evictions should be halted under CDC eviction moratorium, legal group says</strong></a>&nbsp;- February 26, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>Coronavirus Scams and How to Avoid Them</strong></a>&nbsp;- February 25, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">How have we improved homeless services during the pandemic?</a>&nbsp;</strong>- February 23, 2021</p><p><strong><a href="">How can state and local governments protect renters as the pandemic drags on?</a></strong>&nbsp;- February 16, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>Research shows eviction moratoria slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives</strong></a>&nbsp;-<strong>&nbsp;</strong>February 10, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>Research shows millions protected from eviction in 2020, but back rent grows</strong></a>&nbsp;-<strong>&nbsp;</strong>February 2, 2021</p><p><strong>January, 2021</strong></p><p><strong><a href="">What will President Biden do about affordable housing in his first 100 days?</a>&nbsp;</strong>- January 22, 2021</p><p><a href=""><strong>Now that emergency rental assistance has passed, where will it go?</strong></a>&nbsp;- January 15, 2021</p><p><strong>2020</strong></p><p><a href=""><strong>Trump signs FY21 spending bill and pandemic relief package</strong></a>&nbsp;- December 29, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>Congress reaches stimulus deal with rental assistance and eviction protection</strong></a>&nbsp;- December 23, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>Biden announces notable nominations for HUD, USDA departments</strong></a>&nbsp;- December 17, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>Millions of renters will lose unemployment benefits as eviction crisis looms</strong></a>&nbsp;- December 14, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Small landlords facing big challenges during the pandemic</a></strong>&nbsp;- December 4, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Call your senators on Thursday to demand pandemic housing assistance</a></strong>&nbsp;- November 17, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">HUD Secretary Ben Carson has tested positive for coronavirus</a></strong>&nbsp;- November 10, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>KC Tenants and ACLU sue over court order allowing evictions during the pandemic</strong></a>&nbsp;- October 29, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>Trump administration favors landlords in guidance on eviction moratorium</strong></a>&nbsp;- October 22, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Evictions surged when protections lifted, low-income renters lack legal counsel</a></strong>&nbsp;- October 8, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>House keeps housing assistance a priority for coronavirus relief</strong></a>&nbsp;- October 2, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Millions still need to claim their coronavirus stimulus checks</a></strong>&nbsp;-<strong>&nbsp;</strong>September 28, 2020&nbsp;</p><p><a href=""><strong>The pandemic is making it harder for survivors of domestic violence</strong></a>&nbsp;- September 24, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Congress deadlocked on more coronavirus relief</a>&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;September 21, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">CDC orders national eviction moratorium until end of year</a></strong>&nbsp;- September 3, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Carson approves flexibility for CDBG CARES Act Funds</a></strong>&nbsp;- August 19, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>Trump executive orders will not help workers or stop evictions</strong></a>&nbsp;- August 18, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Low-income, minority, and immigrant renters hurt by Trump cutting census short</a>&nbsp;</strong>-<strong>&nbsp;</strong>August 10, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Trump fans race and class tensions as HUD guts key fair housing rule</a>&nbsp;</strong>-<strong>&nbsp;</strong>August 5, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>Report shows that affordable housing is &ldquo;Out of Reach&rdquo; everywhere in the country</strong></a>&nbsp;- July 28, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>Trump Admin again proposes rule that will hurt homeless transgender persons</strong></a>&nbsp;- July 23, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>House passes pandemic housing bills; pressure on Senate Republicans to support more housing assistance</strong></a>&nbsp;- July 14, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Experts fear for eviction crisis during coronavirus pandemic</a></strong>&nbsp;- July 2, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>American renters want housing assistance during the pandemic</strong></a>&nbsp;- June 16, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>Speaker Pelosi talks about housing assistance during the pandemic</strong></a>&nbsp;- June 5, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">HUD report shows housing programs serve those with the lowest incomes</a>&nbsp;</strong>-<strong>&nbsp;</strong>June 2, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Former inmates face housing discrimination during the pandemic</a>&nbsp;</strong>-<strong>&nbsp;</strong>May 22, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">HEROES Act would give a lot of support to low-income renters</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;</strong>May 15, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>Housing experts say landlords cannot reject or evict tenants over coronavirus fears</strong></a>&nbsp;- May 8, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>House lawmakers push national eviction ban and rent suspension</strong></a>&nbsp;- May 1, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Homeless persons face the worst of the coronavirus pandemic</a></strong>&nbsp;- April 23, 2020</p><p><a href=""><strong>Need for emergency rental assistance grows during the coronavirus pandemic</strong></a>&nbsp;- April 15, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Infrastructure program at risk of Trump cuts gets big boost to help communities during pandemic</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;</strong>April 10, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Calls grow for rent forgiveness as governments order businesses to close</a>&nbsp;</strong>-<strong>&nbsp;</strong>April 3rd, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Low-income renters helped by $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus</a></strong>&nbsp;- March 27, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">Cities, states and feds suspending evictions during coronavirus crisis</a>&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;March 25, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">How housing authorities are communicating with low income households amid coronavirus</a></strong>&nbsp;- March 23, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">FTC warns about government check scams</a></strong>&nbsp;- March 19, 2020</p><p><strong><a href="">HUD Secretary Ben Carson appointed to president&rsquo;s coronavirus task force</a>&nbsp;</strong>-<strong>&nbsp;</strong>March 11, 2020</p>

Homeless and Emergency Housing Resources

<p>For those who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, HUD&nbsp;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&nbsp;help with the following services:</p><ul><li>Shelter</li><li>Help hotlines</li><li>Contacting a housing counselor</li><li>Emergency rental assistance</li><li>Avoiding foreclosure</li><li>Help with utility bills</li><li>Food banks</li><li>Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)</li><li>Homeless service groups</li><li>Legal assistance</li><li>Social Security offices</li><li>Homeless Veterans</li><li>United Way</li><li>Jobs and job training</li></ul><p>Here are&nbsp;the HUD Homeless Resource&nbsp;pages for each state:</p><p><a href="">Alabama</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Alaska</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Arizona</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Arkansas</a></p><p><a href="">California</a>&nbsp;| <a href="">Colorado</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Connecticut</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Delaware</a></p><p><a href="">District of Columbia</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Florida</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Georgia</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Hawaii</a></p><p><a href="">Idaho</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Illinois</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Indiana</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Iowa</a></p><p><a href="">Kansas</a>&nbsp;| <a href="">Kentucky</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Louisiana</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Maine</a></p><p><a href="">Maryland</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Massachusetts</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Michigan</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Minnesota</a></p><p><a href="">Mississippi</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Missouri</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Montana</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Nebraska</a></p><p><a href="">Nevada</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">New Hampshire</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">New Jersey</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">New Mexico</a></p><p><a href="">New York</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">North Carolina</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">North Dakota</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Ohio</a></p><p><a href="">Oklahoma</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Oregon</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Pennsylvania</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Puerto Rico / Virgin Islands</a></p><p><a href="">Rhode Island</a>&nbsp;| <a href="">South Carolina</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">South Dakota</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Tennessee</a></p><p><a href="">Texas</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Utah</a>&nbsp;| <a href="">Vermont</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Virginia</a></p><p><a href="">Washington</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">West Virginia</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Wisconsin</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Wyoming</a></p>

Help and Guidance for Landlords

<p>Landlords, property managers, and administrators of affordable housing properties have taken many precautions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. This is a challenge for many housing providers, since many federally-assisted properties are comprised of&nbsp;several units within close proximity of each other.</p><p>Here are the steps that landlords, property managers, and housing administrators are taking to protect their single-family unit&nbsp;or apartments, following the guidelines of the CDC:</p><ol><li><strong>Limit&nbsp;Office Availability</strong><br />To limit or avoid&nbsp;public interaction, many offices run by affordable housing providers have limited the hours they are open to the public, or have outright closed their offices to public visitors. Offices with limited hours sometimes require public visitors to schedule an appointment ahead of time, and will not allow walk-ins. Office visitors are expected to wear a mask, and follow social distancing guidelines. Offices that are closed to the public have drop boxes installed in the outside of the building, so residents and applicants can still submit paperwork by hand. All offices have continued to be available for communication&nbsp;by phone, email, mail, etc. There are also some offices that have all or some staff working remotely.</li><li><strong>Limit&nbsp;Use of Common Areas</strong><br />Following social distancing guidelines, common areas may be closed to the public, or have limited hours/occupancy. If common areas are being used, follow CDC cleaning procedures (Step 4).</li><li><strong>Stay in Communication</strong><br />To help residents prevent the spread of coronavirus, affordable housing offices have maintained transparency about best practices to stay safe, and company policies that have been updated or created because of COVID-19. These notices may be in the form of an email, website update, text message, flyer, letter, etc.</li><li><strong>Clean and Disinfect Public Areas</strong><br />If coronavirus contamination is suspected or confirmed, <a href="">the CDC has written cleaning tips for public areas</a>. Tips include:<br />&bull; How to clean and disinfect hard and soft surfaces, electronics, and linens<br />&bull; Recommendations for&nbsp;Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hand Hygiene<br />&bull;&nbsp;Additional Considerations for Employers</li><li><strong>Clean and Disinfect Living Areas</strong><br /><a href="">Housing providers and residents can follow these CDC tips on how to clean and disinfect homes.</a>&nbsp;Tips include:<br />&bull; Cleaning<br />&bull; Disinfecting<br />&bull; Soft surfaces<br />&bull; Electronics<br />&bull; Laundry<br />&bull; Clean hands often<br />&bull; HVAC, ventilation, and filtration<br />&bull; When someone is sick</li><li><strong>Protect Yourself and Others</strong><br /><a href="">Help personally limit the spread of COVID-19 by following these standard CDC recommendations</a>. Tips include:<br />&bull; Wash your hands often<br />&bull; Avoid close contact<br />&bull; Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others<br />&bull; Cover coughs and sneezes<br />&bull; Clean and disinfect<br />&bull; Monitor your health daily</li></ol>

HUD Resources

<p>Links to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Resources:</p><p><a href=""></a></p><p><a href=""><em>Renters</em></a></p><p><a href=""><em>Homeless Service Providers</em></a></p><p><a href=""><em>HOPWA Programs</em></a></p><p><a href=""><em>Public Housing Agencies</em></a></p><p><a href=""><em>Multifamily Property Owners</em></a></p><p><a href=""><em>Homeowners</em></a></p><p><a href=""><em>Native Americans</em></a></p><p><a href=""><em>FHA Lenders and Office of Housing Program Participants</em></a></p><p><a href=""><em>Community Planning and Development Grantees</em></a></p><p><a href=""><em>Grantees</em></a></p>

USDA Rural Housing Resources

<p>Links to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Coronavirus Resources:</p><ul><li><a href=""></a></li><li><a href="">COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide</a></li><li><a href="">Immediate Actions Factsheet</a><ul><li>This document can be found on the top right of the page, in a blue box. It is available as a Word Document, and PDF, and the file will be downloaded to your computer once the link is selected.</li></ul></li></ul><p><em><strong>Immediate Opportunities for RD Customers Impacted by COVID-19</strong></em></p><ul><li><strong>COVID-19 Fact Sheets</strong><ul><li>Business &amp; Industry CARES Act Program <a href="">English</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Espa&ntilde;ol</a></li><li>Rural Business Development Grant COVID-19 Fact Sheet&nbsp;<a href="">English</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Espa&ntilde;ol</a></li><li>Rural Energy for America Program COVID-19 Fact Sheet&nbsp;<a href="">English</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Espa&ntilde;ol</a></li><li>Single-Family Housing Direct Loan COVID-19 Fact Sheet&nbsp;<a href="">English</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Espa&ntilde;ol</a></li><li>Community Facilities Direct Loan &amp; Grant COVID-19 Fact Sheet&nbsp;<a href="">English</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Espa&ntilde;ol</a></li><li>Community Facilities Direct Loan &amp; Grant Loan Deferral COVID-19 Fact Sheet&nbsp;<a href="">English</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Espa&ntilde;ol</a></li><li>Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan COVID-19 Fact Sheet&nbsp;<a href="">English</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Espa&ntilde;ol</a></li><li>Multi-Family Housing Direct Loan COVID-19 Fact Sheet&nbsp;<a href="">English</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Espa&ntilde;ol</a></li><li>Distance Learning and Telemedicine COVID-19 Fact Sheet&nbsp;<a href="">English</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Espa&ntilde;ol</a></li><li>Water and Environmental Programs COVID-19 Fact Sheet&nbsp;<a href="">English</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="">Espa&ntilde;ol</a></li><li>Interagency Housing Forbearance COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Borrowers <a href="">PDF</a></li><li>Interagency Housing Forbearance COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Lenders <a href="">PDF</a></li><li>Telehealth Service Changes COVID-19 Fact Sheet <a href="">English</a></li></ul></li><li>We Care Letter<ul><li><a href="">Single-Family Housing Direct</a></li><li><a href="http://Vivienda Unitaria Carta Usted Nos Preocupa">Vivienda Unitaria Carta Usted Nos Preocupa</a></li></ul></li><li>Rural Development*</li><li>Rural Housing Service*</li><li>Rural Utilities Service*</li><li>Rural Business-Cooperative Service*</li><li>New and Extended Application Deadlines*</li></ul><p>*<a href="">The information on these subjects can be found here</a>. Scroll down to the &quot;Immediate Opportunities for RD Customers Impacted by COVID-19&quot; section, and select the + icon for a each subject.</p><p><em><strong>Frequently Asked Questions</strong></em></p><p>Scroll down to the <a href="">&quot;Frequently Asked Questions&quot; section here</a>, and select the + icon for each subject.</p><p><strong><em>Stakeholder Notifications</em></strong></p><ul><li><a href="">USDA Extends Foreclosure and Eviction Relief on Single Family Housing Direct Loans (June 23, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">USDA Extends Foreclosure and Eviction Relief on Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loans (June 19, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers (May 22, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">USDA Outlines Telehealth Service Changes as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 4, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">USDA Leadership from Farm Production And Conservation and Rural Development Update Stakeholders On Accessing SBA Relief Programs (April 28, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">USDA Offers Temporary Payment Deferrals for the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program (April 17, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">USDA Opens Second Application Window for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Funding (April 14, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">Temporary Exceptions to Payment Deferrals for Agency Guaranteed Loan Programs (April 8, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">Payment Deferrals for Agency Guaranteed Loan Programs (March 31, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">Temporary exceptions pertaining to appraisals, repair inspections and income verification for the Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) (March 30, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) (March 20, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service (March 20, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">Single-Family Housing Direct Loan &amp; Grant Programs&nbsp;(March 20, 2020)</a></li></ul><p><em><strong>In Action...</strong></em></p><ul><li><a href="">Rural Distance Learning Gets a Tech Boost in Oklahoma and Texas (April 2, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">Rural Development Project Uses 3D Printing in Fight against COVID-19 Spread (April 1, 2020)</a></li><li><a href="">Paying it Forward When it Really Counts (March 30, 2020)</a></li></ul>

Resources and Services By State

State State Website Governor's Website Unemployment Health Services Court System Website
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Alabama Unemployment Benefits Alabama Department of Public Health Alabama Judicial System
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy Alaska Unemployment Benefits Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Alaska Court System
American Samoa Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Arizona Unemployment Benefits Arizona Department of Health Services Arizona Judicial Branch
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Arkansas Unemployment Benefits Arkansas Department of Health Arkansas Judiciary
California Gov. Gavin Newsom California Unemployment Benefits California Department of Public Health California Courts
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Colorado Unemployment Benefits Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Colorado Judicial Branch
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont Connecticut Unemployment Benefits Connecticut State Department of Public Health Connecticut Judicial Branch
Delaware Gov. John Carney Delaware Unemployment Benefits Delaware Health and Social Services Delaware Courts
District Of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser District Of Columbia Unemployment Benefits District of Columbia Health and Human Services District of Columbia Courts
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Florida Unemployment Benefits Florida Department of Health Florida Courts
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Georgia Unemployment Benefits Georgia Department of Public Health Judicial Council of Georgia
Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed
Hawaii Gov. David Ige Hawaii Unemployment Benefits Hawaii State Department of Health Hawai'i State Judiciary
Idaho Gov. Brad Little Idaho Unemployment Benefits Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Idaho Judicial Branch
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Illinois Unemployment Benefits Illinois Department of Public Health Illinois Courts
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb Indiana Unemployment Benefits Indiana State Department of Health Indiana Judicial Branch
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds Iowa Unemployment Benefits Iowa Department of Public Health Iowa Judicial Branch
Kansas 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 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 Gov. Charlie Baker Massachusetts Unemployment Benefits Massachusetts Department of Public Health Massachusetts Court System
Michigan 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 Gov. Tate Reeves Mississippi Unemployment Benefits Mississippi State Department of Health Mississippi Judiciary
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson Missouri Unemployment Benefits Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Missouri Courts
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Montana Unemployment Benefits Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Montana Judicial Branch
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts Nebraska Unemployment Benefits Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Nebraska Judicial Branch
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak Nevada Unemployment Benefits Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health Nevada Judiciary
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu New Hampshire Unemployment Benefits New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services New Hampshire Judicial Branch
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy New Jersey Unemployment Benefits New Jersey Department of Health New Jersey Courts
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham New Mexico Unemployment Benefits New Mexico Department of Health New Mexico Courts
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo New York Unemployment Benefits New York State Department of Health New York State Unified Court System
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper North Carolina Unemployment Benefits North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services North Carolina Judicial Branch
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum North Dakota Unemployment Benefits North Dakota Department of Health North Dakota Courts
Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Ohio Unemployment Benefits Ohio Department of Health Ohio Courts
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits Oklahoma State Department of Health Oklahoma State Courts
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Oregon Unemployment Benefits Oregon Health Authority Oregon Judicial Department
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits Pennsylvania Department of Health Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico Wanda Vázquez Garced Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed Resource Unconfirmed
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Rhode Island Unemployment Benefits Rhode Island Department of Health Rhode Island Judiciary
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster South Carolina Unemployment Benefits South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control South Carolina Judicial Branch
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem South Dakota Unemployment Benefits South Dakota Department of Health South Dakota Unified Judicial System
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Tennessee Unemployment Benefits Tennessee Department of Health Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Texas Unemployment Benefits Texas Department of State Health Services Texas Judicial Branch
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert Utah Unemployment Benefits Utah Department of Health Utah Courts
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Vermont Unemployment Benefits Vermont Department of Health Vermont Judiciary
Virgin Islands Gov. Albert Bryan Virgin Islands Unemployment Benefits US Virgin Islands Department of Health Resource Unconfirmed
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Virginia Unemployment Benefits Virginia Department of Health Virginia's Judicial System
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Washington Unemployment Benefits Washington State Department of Health Washington Courts
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice West Virginia Unemployment Benefits West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources West Virginia Judiciary
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits Wisconsin Department of Health Services Wisconsin Court System
Wyoming 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?
Are there coronavirus assistance programs for landlords?
Do I have to pay all of my back rent when the CDC moratorium ends?
Are there coronavirus emergency rental assistance programs?
Will the eviction moratorium be extended in 2021?
My landlord is selling my apartment and is having people tour. Are there any protections for myself due to coronavirus fears?
What is Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)?
Who qualifies for Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)?
How much money will I get from Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)?
How do I apply for Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation?

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

<p>We encourage everyone to stay informed and follow the recommendations published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)&nbsp;to prepare and protect yourself and your family:</p><p><strong>1. Stay informed on local trends of COVID-19 cases&nbsp;and be wary of misinformation and rumors</strong></p><p>It is critical to stay informed and be aware of false information and bad actors during this crisis. Misinformation&nbsp;and fraudulent&nbsp;services can be accidentally shared on social media by people with good intentions. Affordable Housing Online suggests using the following&nbsp;resources to stay informed and help control harmful rumors about COVD-19:</p><ul><li>CDC has published&nbsp;a <a href="">COVID-19 Case tracker</a> reporting on confirmed cases nationally and by state. This page is updated daily at noon&nbsp;Mondays through Fridays.</li><li>FEMA has published a <a href="">rumor control tool</a>&nbsp;and the Office of Inspector General has a <a href="">page dedicated to detecting and reporting fraud</a> related to the outbreak.</li><li>Frequently visit the <a href="">CDC resource directory</a>&nbsp;for the most up to date information. For those with slow or limited internet connections, Google has provided a<a href=""> cached version of this page</a>.</li><li>FTC has a <a target="_blank" href="">Coronavirus Scams</a> page that gives updates and warnings on scams related to COVID-19 that are currently being operated.</li></ul><p><strong>2. Know The Symptoms of Infection</strong></p><p>The most common symptoms of coronavirus are <strong>fever</strong>, <strong>cough</strong>, and&nbsp;<strong>shortness of breath</strong>. Based on best available information, the CDC estimates these symptoms may&nbsp;start to appear 2 to 14 days after infection.&nbsp;</p><p>The CDC recommends seeking&nbsp;<strong>immediate medical attention</strong>&nbsp;for persons experiencing&nbsp;<strong>trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion,&nbsp;</strong>or<strong>&nbsp;bluish lips or face</strong>.</p><p><strong>3. Understand Who is at Higher Risk for Severe Complications</strong></p><p>The CDC identifies the following groups as high risk for severe illness from COVID-19:</p><ul><li>People aged 65 years and older</li><li>People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility</li><li>Persons with high-risk conditions including:<ul><li>Chronic lung disease</li><li>Moderate to severe asthma</li><li>Serious heart conditions</li><li>Compromised immune system,&nbsp;including patients undergoing cancer treatment or treatments using immune weakening medications</li><li>Severe obesity or&nbsp;uncontrolled conditions&nbsp;such as&nbsp;diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease</li></ul></li><li>People who are pregnant&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>4. Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Those at Higher Risk</strong></p><p>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 <a href="">CDC plainly states</a>, &quot;<strong>There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).</strong>&quot;</p><p><strong>To protect yourself:</strong></p><ul><li>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.&nbsp;</li><li>Avoid Close Contact: Avoid contact with people who are sick, especially when COVID-19 is spreading in your community.</li></ul><p><strong>To protect others and those at high-risk:</strong></p><ul><li>Stay Home Except to Get Medical Care:&nbsp;If you are sick, you risk the health and safety of others by going out.</li><li>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.</li><li>Wear a Facemask If You are Sick: People who are sick&nbsp;should wear a facemask when they are close to&nbsp;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.</li><li>Clean and Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces: follow the <a href="">CDC&#39;s guidance on how to properly disinfect</a>&nbsp;to help prevent the spread of illness.</li></ul>