Fourth Relief Package

The press is reporting that the US House is working on a fourth relief package focused on recovery.  Partisan tensions may prevent the bill from moving as swiftly as prior packages.

Housing and Urban Development

HUD has released its daily resource digest – covering new guidance and other documentation from HUD and its partners from around the country.

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs (Multifamily), which oversees contracts with private owners of HUD-assisted properties, made more updates to its “Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders: Coronavirus (COVID-19). The document will continue to be updated, according to HUD.

US Department of Agriculture – Rural Development

USDA Rural Development announced that it would be granting a temporary exception to interior inspection appraisals and verbal verification of employment for its single-family housing guaranteed la loan program.

USDA Rural Development announced that it would be implementing a number of measures to assist rural residents and their communities. This includes waiving late payments in multifamily housing, placing a moratorium on foreclosures of its Single-Family Housing Direct Loans, and more.



Eviction Prevention

On March 11, Governor Sununu and the Executive Council approved the distribution of new eviction prevention program through the 7 agencies, including all of the state’s community action programs, The Way Home in Manchester and The Front Door Agency of Nashua. The contractors will utilize additional funds to operationalize the new Eviction Prevention module.

The Eviction Prevention module is designed to deliver supportive services and activities necessary to prevent individuals or families from being evicted and entering into homelessness, with the goal of retaining suitable permanent housing. Each of the 7 agencies received a little over $200,000 for their region for the period of 18 months.


National Alliance to End Homlessness Webinar

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Protocols for Addressing Sheltered and Unsheltered Homelessness

Thursday, April 2 – 3:30 pm ET
Cynthia Nagendra, Executive Director, UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative
Margot Kushel, MD, Director, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations
Vivian Wan, Abode Services, San Francisco

Homeless system providers and health systems are developing local COVID-19 approaches for people experiencing homelessness that are consistent with emerging guidance from the CDC, and informed by the experience of people on the ground working hard to keep clients and staff as safe as possible.

This webinar will present the guidance developed by the State of California with the University of California San Francisco Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, and protocols being used by Abode Services in the San Francisco Bay Area. Guidance and protocols will include suggestions for shelter and emergency housing providers, outreach workers, and coordinating public health systems for how to reduce risk for the most vulnerable in unsheltered and congregate settings.