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.

Who qualifies for the government stimulus payment?


Taxpayers are eligible for Economic Impact Payments as long as their adjusted gross income does not exceed $99,000 for single-filers, or $198,000 for married joint-filers with no children.

You’re eligible even if you have not submitted your tax return for 2018 or 2019. Although the IRS urges people to file as soon as they can so they can get their payment, and to include direct deposit banking information on the return.

You also qualify if you are a taxpayer who is not normally required to file a tax return, such as senior citizens, Social Security recipients and railroad retirees.

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?
  • What is the government stimulus payment?
  • How do I get the government stimulus payment?