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.
This Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program extends unemployment benefits to workers who are either:
Benefits will be given to these workers who have become fully or partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to any of the following reasons:
For those who have already exhausted their regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, another CARES Act program called Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provides 13 additional weeks of unemployment payments to PUA eligible workers.
Workers do not qualify for PUA if they:
Where is the PUA program is available?
All states and territories, including Washington, D.C., have agreed to participate in the PUA program. However, either the DOL or a state may give thirty days written notice to terminate the PUA Agreement.
The DOL says it has the right to terminate an agreement with a state or territory if that area, “does not have an adequate system for administering such assistance.” If an agreement is terminated, payments will still be made for weeks of unemployment that were on or before the termination date.
So, it is possible that some areas may not offer the program at some point in the future.
For more information on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance:
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