Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most offices 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. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. 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. To find your local PHA's contact info, browse by state here.
An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.
If you’re currently living in a federally-backed property, or certain areas of the country, there are protections that prevent tenants from getting evicted if they cannot pay rent. But the specific policy and effective period varies, depending on your housing situation and where you live.
If your housing situation does not apply to any of the above, you could get evicted if you can't pay rent this month. And even if your situation applies, rent payments are not guaranteed to be cancelled outright and you may still be liable for missed payments in the future.
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