Below you will find helpful links with up to date information on COVID19
COVID-19 Advocacy and the President's Executive Orders
As you know by now, on August 8, President Trump signed four executive actions directing federal agencies to provide additional relief to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These actions focused on student loans, payroll taxes, unemployment benefits and housing. Importantly, the President’s executive order on housing highlights the need for robust financial assistance to stabilize renters who are experiencing hardship. The order does not, on its own, extend the CARES Act eviction moratorium.
The “Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners” does the following:
- Directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to consider whether any measures temporarily halting residential evictions of any renters for failure to pay rent are reasonably necessary to prevent the further spread of COVID-19;
- Urges the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to identify available federal funds to provide temporary financial assistance to renters and homeowners who, as a result of COVID-19, are struggling to meet their rental or mortgage obligations;
- Further encourages HUD to take action to promote the ability of renters and homeowners to avoid eviction or foreclosure resulting from financial hardships caused by COVID-19, including encouraging and providing assistance to public housing authorities, affordable housing owners, housing providers, and recipients of federal grant funds to minimize evictions and foreclosures; and
- Orders the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), in consultation with Treasury, to review all existing authorities and resources that may be used to prevent evictions and foreclosures resulting from hardships caused by COVID-19.
Remember that although the CARES Act federal eviction moratorium has expired, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and FHFA’s foreclosure and eviction moratoria for single-family homes in the agencies’ purview remain in effect until August 31. FHA and FHFA’s tenant protection measures that apply to multifamily borrowers in forbearance also remains effective. Additionally, HUD announced $472 million for public housing authorities (PHAs) to support current participants of voucher programs.
The President also emphasized the importance of extending supplemental unemployment benefits in a second order. It has been the Administration and Congress’ efforts thus far to provide financial assistance to households and businesses affected by COVID-19 that have prevented widespread evictions, kept renters stably housed and preserved the viability of the rental housing industry. Whether in the form of enhanced unemployment benefits or rental assistance, these efforts, combined with the payment plans and other creative solutions agreed to by housing providers and residents, have been essential.
As the federal agencies referenced in these executive orders implement their directives, NAA and our coalition partners are working to ensure that they understand the perspective of rental housing providers. NAA also continues to urge the Administration and Congress to fix the outstanding issues from the CARES Act eviction moratorium including several technical concerns such as the need for a clear sunset date for the 30-day notice to vacate requirement (see the attached primer for more on this issue). And, we press Representatives, Senators and the Administration for responsible housing policies, in light of COVID-19, that balance the needs of rental housing owners and operators, their employees and residents. This means robust rental assistance to ensure residents can stay in their homes, housing providers can continue to operate effectively and the overall housing system remains stable. NAA will keep the industry abreast of any new guidance or rules issued by federal agencies as a result of President Trump’s executive actions.
My thanks to all of you who have supported our advocacy efforts since the beginning of the pandemic. In our most recent three-week grassroots call-to-action alone almost 22,000 letters were sent to Capital Hill from housing providers all around the country. Based on the conversation amongst policymakers from both sides of the aisle, our message is getting through. Still, more work will have to be done in order for us to be successful.
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Updated Information from the Office of Governor Govenor Lamont
Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7X released April 10 enacts the following provisions:
Protections for Residential Renters Impacted by COVID-19:
- No Notice to Quit or Service of Summary Process Before July 1.
- Automatic 60-Day Grace Period for April Rent.
- 60-Day Grace Period for May Rent, Upon Request.
- Application of Additional Security Deposit to Rent, Upon Request.
- Note: There is an express statement stating that this order does not relieve a tenant of liability for unpaid rent or of the obligation to comply with other terms of a rental agreement or statutory obligations under Connecticut law.
- Continued Cancellation of School Classes Through May 20, 2020.
- Extension of Closures, Distancing, and Safety Measures Through May 20, 2020.
- Modification or Deferral of Educator Certification Testing.
- Permission to Operate Food Trucks at Rest Areas.
A previous EO covered safe workplaces in essential businesses: Requires the Department of Economic and Community Development to work in consultation with the Department of Public Health on the development of legally binding statewide rules prescribing additional protective measures that every workplace in Connecticut deemed essential – and any other business or nonprofit allowed to remain open – must follow. Such rules will be mandatory throughout the state.
Immediately upon Governor Lamont’s signing of this executive order, the Department of Economic and Community Development published the Safe Workplaces Rules for Essential Employers on its website, outlining guidance for these businesses. These rules go into effect immediately.
The CT Apartment Association is an affilate of NAA. Guidance on the national level can be found here.
04.29.20 - From NAA - It has become evident that municipalities are not advertising that CDBG funding allocations provided by the CARES Act could be used for rental assistance. While cities and counties have the discretion to use these funds for its own stated program purposes, you should know that other cities have tapped it for rental assistance to disburse to its residents.
That list can be found here https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/budget/fy20/ and is attached. This is an opportunity to reach out to your municipality to advise them that CDBG can be used for this purpose.
While the total allocation of CDBG in the CARES Act pales in comparison to the estimated $100 to $150 billion in rental assistance being discussed in Congress, it is a first step in letting a municipality know they can do something meaningful.
The National Apartment Association (NAA) has introduced a new video series as part of our COVID-19 (coronavirus) resources. These brief, 10-minute or less micro-webinars will examine and provide guidance on pressing issues affecting the rental housing industry in light of coronavirus, including: The transition to working remotely, how to handle maintenance requests, what to do if a resident tests positive for COVID-19 and how to handle media requests. Click here to view these webinars.
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States. This is CTAA's Ready 365 Charitable Giving Partner.
On Behalf Of Research Web Conferences:
Thank you for attending our recent webinar, Anatomy of an Outbreak: COVID-19 and the U.S. Health Care Delivery System. We sincerely apologize to those of you who encountered problems logging onto the webinar. The GoToWebinar platform has been experiencing unprecedented demand, and as a result, experienced several outages at the time of the presentation. Unfortunately, this impacted our attendees’ ability to log on. If you were not able to attend the webinar in its entirety, you can access the on-demand recording and a PDF of the slides here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading national public health institute of the United States. The CDC is a United States federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Due to these challenging times and limited social interaction, this toolkit has been developed for you to safely and productively
encourage your community to be counted! This virtual toolkit will provide you with an easy way to copy, paste, and post Censusrelated messaging, community challenges, inspirational photos, and links to resourceful information and materials. You can easily copy a message from these pages and expand your community’s reach and count.
The Department of Housing's mission is to ensure everyone has access to quality housing opportunities and options throughout the State of Connecticut.
The Capitol Complex will be closed March 12 through March 29. CTAA continues to lobby on behalf of the membership and will post any legislative updates as they become available.
This is the State's official web-site. It will give you a specfic information on what is happening in Connecticut.
HUD information can be found here with updates in evictions/foreclosures, inspections and more.
The World Health Organization is a specialised agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.
Please note these pages are for reference and informational purposes only and CTAA cannot and does not endorse anything contained in the links provided.