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NCSHA COVID-19 Blogs, News, and Resources

The most recent NCSHA blogs, news, resources, statements, and talking points for HFAs are available below. For a curated compilation of COVID-19 information, guidelines, and notices published by state HFAs, the Administration, HUD, and other federal agencies, please visit the COVID-19 Resources and Updates Center.


NCSHA Washington Report | April 16, 2021

On Monday, President Biden pledged efforts to “close persistent racial gaps in wages, housing, credit, lending opportunities, and access to higher education — gaps that, if closed, would add...

Homeowner Assistance Fund Program Guidance and Allocation Formula

On April 14, Treasury released program guidance and the formula for dispersing funds to states and territories for the Homeowner Assistance Fund.

NCSHA Washington Report | April 9, 2021

“Seven months into the school year, millions of low-income families are still waiting for billions of dollars in federal food aid that was supposed to compensate them for school meals that were...

Featured ERA Program: Rental Assistance for Mississippians Program

If you are a Mississippi renter who has not been able to make rent payments due to COVID-19, you may qualify for the Rental Assistance for Mississippians Program (RAMP). RAMP can provide up to 15 months of rental and utility assistance to eligible renters. The funds will be paid directly to the landlord and service providers on behalf of tenants.

CDC Eviction Moratorium Order Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders

This document from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides questions and answers for stakeholders of the Office of Multifamily Housing related to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order to temporarily halt residential evictions, including its extension until June 30, 2021.

NCSHA Washington Report | April 2, 2021

Thomas Edsall recently summarized the state of play in the “intense dispute among strategists, scholars, and pollsters” about whether there is “a viable center… [that can] be mobilized to...

Featured ERA Program: Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance

The Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program provides rent, utility, and internet assistance to households experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic. Landlords and tenants apply via a joint online process. If the application is approved, the landlord or service provider receives funds directly from KERA and applies KERA funds to the applicant’s account. Approved applicants are eligible for up to 12 months of assistance.

Coronavirus Questions and Answers for HUD Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders

On April 2, the Office of Multifamily Housing published these updated Questions and Answers related to COVID-19.

MBA Webinar: Renter Counseling to Mitigate Evictions and Reduce Operational Costs

MBA’s CONVERGENCE and NCSHA partnered to offer this webinar exploring tools that can help mitigate evictions, focusing on the benefits of renter counseling to both tenants and landlords and the role state Housing Finance Agencies can plan in developing a renter counseling curriculum and convening partners to help tenants become successful renters. 

Featured ERA Program: Georgia Rental Assistance Program

If you're a Georgia renter who has fallen behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for assistance. The Georgia Rental Assistance Program can provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and utility assistance, paid directly to landlords and service providers on behalf of tenants. See if you qualify.

CDC Eviction Moratorium Through June 30, 2021

Effective January 31, 2021, this order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extends the moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent until March 31, 2021. The CDC initially ordered a moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent on September 4, 2020, lasting until December 31, 2020, due to the public health implications of eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress acted to extend until January 31, 2021, the CDC eviction moratorium in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. This CDC order further extends the moratorium through the end of the first quarter of calendar year 2021.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Side-By-Side

This side-by-side compares the first round of funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance program (authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, enacted December 27, 2020) to the second round of funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance program (provided in the American Rescue Plan Act, enacted March 11, 2021).