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.

What is the government stimulus payment?


This is an economic impact payment being made by the U.S. government to qualified taxpayers, as a result of the country’s economic downturn during the coronavirus outbreak. Officially called Economic Impact Payments, they were signed into law by President Trump as one of the provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (better known as the CARES Act) on March 27, 2020.

The payment by the government will be made either by direct deposit, or a physical check, depending on the information you provided to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

More information about the government stimulus payment 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?
  • Who qualifies for the government stimulus payment?
  • How do I get the government stimulus payment?