COVID-19 News

In response to the mounting Coronavirus public health crisis, NH&RA launched a dedicated section of our website to keep stakeholders apprised of the evolving guidance. The webpage lists all news stories with the COVID-19 tag in the order in which they were added and stories can be filtered by state.

NH&RA is pleased announce a new created online discussion forum dedicated to helping our members navigate the COVID-19 crisis.  Members can post questions, share strategies and/or resources relevant to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus pandemic and how it impacts multifamily and affordable housing.

Treasury’s ERA2 Guidance: Significant Changes to Landlord Response Time, Self-Attestation & Federally Assisted Households

The Department of the Treasury allocated an additional $21.55 billion in emergency rental assistance funds to the states and communities from the American Rescue Plan Act. The new funds (ERA 2) set aside $2.5 billion for eligible grantees with a high need based on the number of very low-income renter households paying more than 50 […]

HUD, HHS Partner to Distribute COVID Vaccines

Last week, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra announced a partnership to ensure that the national COVID-19 response delivers equitable and comprehensive care to those experiencing disproportionate impact, including HUD-assisted households.

Guide Offers Strategies for Deploying ARP Funds

Developed by PolicyLink in partnership with community leaders, chief equity officers, policymakers, economic development practitioners, research and policy organizations and philanthropic partners, 10 Priorities for Advancing Racial Equity Through the American Rescue Plan (ARP): A Guide for City and County Policymakers suggests municipal strategies for deploying ARP funds equitably, efficiently and strategically.

HUD to Resume Inspections June 1

HUD is prioritizing the inspection of high-risk properties (previous low inspection scores and/or have not had an inspection for a long period of time). Residents will have the ability to opt-out should they not wish to have an inspector enter their unit.

New York’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program of 2021

On April 16, 2021, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program of 2021 (the “2021 Act”).  The 2021 Act allocates $2.45 billion in rental relief for New York households, including $2.35 billion in federal funds and $100 million in state funds.  Each state or other jurisdiction receiving federal funds is charged with administering those funds through new or existing rental assistance programs in that state or jurisdiction. This advisory provides a general background on the current need for rental assistance and New York’s previous attempt at rent relief, describes the relevant details of the 2021 Act, and highlights what is next with respect to rental assistance.

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium through June 30, Applicability to NAHB Members

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its eviction moratorium, which was set to expire on March 31, through June 30, 2021. A recent ruling in Skyworks v. CDC from the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Ohio found the eviction moratorium unlawful. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) joined the suit and had representational standing on behalf of its membership. As such, the CDC extension of the eviction moratorium may not apply to NAHB members as of March 10, the date of the ruling.

Treasury Updates Emergency Rental Assistance FAQ

On March 16, the U.S. Department of Treasury updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regarding the administration of $25 billion in emergency rental assistance. The updated FAQs address questions regarding rental security deposits, hotel and motel stays, rent-to-own agreements and manufactured housing. Treasury is expected to release additional updates in the coming weeks.

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