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Emergency Housing Assistance

Americans are falling behind on their monthly mortgage and rent payments. Temporary protections to keep them stably housed, including the CDC’s eviction moratorium, will end soon. Billions in past due payments will be due in full soon — imposing punishing financial hardships on millions in a matter of months.

The nation’s state housing finance agencies are leading on the response to this fast-moving crisis. The agencies are standing up emergency housing assistance programs across the country with the resources they have available. They are supporting research and analysis on the scope of the coming disaster. And they are pressing Congress and the White House to provide additional emergency aid for struggling homeowners and renters. 

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COVID-19 HFA Emergency Programs Map without total State HFA Emergency Housing Assistance Programs


The HFAs in 35 states are providing more than $1.56 billion in emergency assistance.

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Analysis of Unpaid Rent and Potential Eviction Filings


A report by STOUT published October 5 by NCSHA estimates current and coming housing hardship in every state.

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Congress should pass the Housing Assistance Fund to provide emergency housing aid through state HFAs, among other housing policies.

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Featured HFA Initiative 

Oregon

“When Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) published its first ever Statewide Housing Plan in 2019, the housing finance agency (HFA) could not have imagined the challenging landscape it would be navigating in 2020 or the new level of urgency the plan’s priorities – affordable rental housing, racial justice, homelessness, homeownership, permanent supportive housing and rural communities – would take on in the midst of a global pandemic.”

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NLIHC Releases Research Note

New Research

NLIHC Releases Research Note on How Rental Assistance Programs Are Addressing Housing Instability during COVID-19

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