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.

How much will I get from the government stimulus payment?


Single-file taxpayers with income less than $75,000, and joint-filing taxpayers with income less than $150,000 will receive a payment of $1,200, with $500 more for each child. Qualified filers who earn more than the $75,000/$150,000 threshold will have their payment reduced by $5 for each $100 above the threshold.

It was originally reported that qualified taxpayers who do not usually file a tax return would receive $1,200, without any additional money for dependents. However, those reports were either incorrect, or the IRS changed their policy to allow these recipients to add their dependents to increase their stimulus check. As of April 22 at noon, the online portal to provide this information has closed. These recipients who did not report their dependents will receive $1,200.

More information about Economic Impact Payments can be found here:

More FAQs from Low Income Households

  • Do I have to do anything if I’m on a rental subsidy program and become unemployed or lose hours from coronavirus?
  • Are housing authorities still open during the coronavirus outbreak?
  • Can I be evicted if I can't pay rent because of coronavirus?
  • What is the government stimulus payment?
  • Who qualifies for the government stimulus payment?