Update April 30th

Center for Community Progress
Recent article explores ways to prevent or mitigate the destabilizing community impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic through six initial interventions local governments to minimize commercial and residential property deterioration and subsequent vacancy.
Preventing Post-COVID-19 Vacancy: 6 Interventions Local Governments Should be Thinking About Now

The Center will be hosting two informative free webinars pertaining to blight mitigation.

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020 Federal Policy Update in Response to COVID-19
  • Thursday, May 21, 2020 Strategic Code Enforcement: A Critical Tool for Supporting COVID-19 Neighborhood Response

Additional information and links to register are available on their website (click here)

National Housing Conference

On Friday, May 1, NHC will be convening a webinar featuring;

  • FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery
    • Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing
    • John Gibbs, Acting Assistant Secretary for Community Planning & Development
    • Joseph Gormley, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing Programs
    • C. Lamar Seats, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs

Participants will discuss continued steps HUD and FHA are taking to assist borrowers, renters, lenders and property owners.

Additional information and registration information is available by clicking here


 

From the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic, MuniReg has provided foreclosure prevention and blight mitigation information.

With a broader lens, there is a tremendous amount of information from a myriad of sources (with dedicated web pages) available for local officials to provide the needed assistance to their citizens in all areas (beyond housing)
Here we have compiled numerous sources at the Federal and State level. If you have information to be included, please email [email protected]

Additionally you will find below housing related information.

Scroll down for information and/or use Control+F, or Command+F on a Mac to search specific keywords

National & State Resources

Federal Resources

  • USA.Gov
    • Federal Agencies Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • What is the Federal Government Doing in Response to COVID-19? Click this link for access to all below information:
      • Health and Safety
        • Administration for Children and Families has program information for children, families, and communities.
        • Administration for Community Living offers information for older adults, and people with disabilities.
        • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is studying the virus worldwide and helping communities respond locally. Check the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page for news and guidance.
        • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has guidance for Medicare recipients and Medicare providers.
        • Consumer Product Safety Commission home safety advice.
        • Corporation for National and Community Service guidance for volunteers and programs.
        • Defense Commissary Agency is ensuring the quality and safety of food available at commissaries world-wide.
        • Department of Defense supports the government response, and is working to protect the health of the military.
        • Department of Energy is researching COVID-19 at the National Labs.
        • Department of Health and Human Services news releases.
        • Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is developing new medical treatments.
        • Department of Homeland Security is facilitating a whole-of-government response in confronting COVID-19, keeping Americans safe, and helping detect and slow the spread of the virus.
        • Department of Labor has information for employers and workers on preparing workplaces and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace.
        • Department of Veterans Affairs is caring for Veterans.
        • Environmental Protection Agency has information about disinfectants that can kill COVID-19 and facts about water safety.
        • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warns of increase in child abuse due to school closures, and offers tips on what you can do to protect children and report abuse.
        • Food and Drug Administration is working with the medical industry to develop vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic tests. For healthcare professionals, they offer FAQs about diagnostic testing.
        • Indian Health Service is coordinating the public health response for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
        • Military Community and Family Policy offers advice and information for the military community.
        • Military Health System offers health advice, and updates on travel restrictions for members of the military.
        • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has virtual safety training for frontline responders.
        • National Institute on Drug Abuse advice for people with substance use disorders.
        • Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center published guidance for healthcare providers.
        • U.S. Department of Agriculture answers questions about food safety and pet safety.
        • U.S. Fire Administration published infection control guidance for first responders.
      • Travel, Immigration, and Transportation
        • Customs and Border Patrol travel and trade advisories.
        • Department of Homeland Security has information on arrival restrictions for certain foreign nationals, restrictions for Canada and Mexico border crossing, and news and updates.
        • Department of State has advisories for international travelers.
        • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) offers guidance for air travelers.
        • Federal Transit Administration (FTA) offers guidance to transit agencies.
        • Transportation Security Administration published a map of where TSA agents have tested positive for COVID-19.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has information about office closings, appointments and events.
      • Money and Taxes
        • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has advice for managing the personal financial impact of coronavirus.
        • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) delays federal tax filing until July 15, and offers advice for deducting COVID-19 costs from your taxes.
      • Education
        • Department of Education information for schools.
        • Federal Student Aid has information for students, borrowers, and parents.
        • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has academy status updates.
      • Scams and Fraud
        • Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has tips to avoid scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and identifies critical infrastructure during COVID-19.
        • Department of Health and Human Services warns about medicare, COVID-19 testing and treatment scams.
        • Department of Justice is investigating and prosecuting Coronavirus scams and fraud.
        • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeing a rise in Coronavirus scams, including fake emails from the CDC, and fraudulent testing and medical equipment like face masks.
        • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has COVID-19 scam information and is taking action against companies marketing fraudulent COVID-19 treatments.
        • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation warns consumers about potential scams.
        • Social Security Administration warns Americans about fraudulent letters threatening the suspension of Social Security benefits.
        • U.S. Postal Inspection Service tips for avoiding and reporting fraud.
      • Benefits and Grants
        • Appalachian Regional Commission has regional outbreak maps, and is working with grantees to process applications, and posted updates for upcoming events.
        • Health Resources and Services Administration has information for grantees and health care providers.
        • Institute for Museum and Library Services updates for grant applications and awardees.
        • National Endowment for the Arts posted updates on the grants process.
        • National Institutes of Health posted updates on the grants process.
        • Social Security Administration answers questions about Social Security benefits and office closures.
      • Housing
        • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued guidance for public housing authorities, landlords, shelters, non-profits, grantees, and stakeholders.
      • Federal Building Status Updates and National Parks
        • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation posted workforce status, and updates on the status review process.
        • Defense Acquisition University facility and class status.
        • Department of Defense facility status for the National Capital Region.
        • Forest Service posted the status of National Forests and facilities.
        • General Services Administration offers advice for federal tenant agencies and lessors.
        • Legacy Management (Department of Energy) information on visitor center closings.
        • National Archives status of National Archive facilities.
        • National Capital Planning Commission offers office closure information, and online services.
        • National Finance Center operating status.
        • National Institutes of Health are researching COVID-19 treatments and a vaccine.
        • National Park Service status of National Parks.
        • National Science Foundation updates on facilities, meetings, and the grant submission process.
        • Nuclear Regulatory Commission ensures the safety of nuclear facilities.
        • Tennessee Valley Authority updates on facilities and campgrounds.
        • U.S. Northern Command status updates.
      • Voting and Elections
        • U.S. Election Assistance Commission has information for election officials and voters on voting safely.
        • Visit your state’s election office website for state-wide voting guidance.
      • Courts
        • Merit Systems Protections Board will consider email filings.
      • Communications
        • Federal Communications Commission is ensuring that Americans stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re also encouraging service providers to Keep Americans Connected.
        • U.S. Agency for Global Media is covering the coronavirus pandemic.
      • Businesses
        • Department of the Treasury is supporting American workers and businesses.
        • Export-Import Bank supports the U.S. exporting community.
        • Farm Credit Administration urges lenders to work with borrowers affected by COVID-19.
        • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is working with banks and consumers to respond to coronavirus.
        • Financial Crimes Enforcement Network reminds financial institutions to remain alert, and report concerns.
        • Government acquisition resources.
        • Maritime Administration has updates for the maritime industry.
        • National Credit Union Administration has guidance for federally insured credit unions, and their members.
        • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is working with banks and customers to manage the impact of the outbreak and has FAQ’s for bank customers.
        • Small Business Administration (SBA) has guidance for businesses, and is offering low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) businesses and non-profits impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
      • International Cooperation
        • Department of State is working with international governments to combat COVID-19 and has also issued travel advisories.
        • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing funding to international organizations to combat COVID-19.
      • Cybersecurity
        • Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is monitoring cybersecurity threats and risk, and issued an alert on enterprise VPN security.
      • Federal Workforce
        • Chief Human Capital Officers Council advises Chief Human Capital Officers, HR Directors and Heads of Agencies.
        • Office of Personnel Management posted information to Federal agencies and employees.
  • FEMA
  • White House/CDC/FEMA 
  • CDC
    • Resources for the Community
    • Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations
  • EPA

Critical Industry Resources

Additional Resource Databases

  • MultiState
    • State/Local Activity Dashboard
      • Main state-level information and activity, such as links to health department COVID-19 websites, key contacts, state of emergency declarations, executive orders, changes to legislative sessions, travel restrictions, and official Twitter accounts
      • Additional state-level activity, such as limits on mass gatherings, school closures, mandatory curfews, restaurant and retail closures, and more.
      • Stay-at-Home Orders: What is Considered Essential Business?
      • State Legislation on COVID-19
      • Impact on State Legislative Sessions
      • Twitter Lists of State Officials & Agencies
  • Education Week 
    • Coronavirus and School Closures – interactive map tool to track school closures across the country
  • GovTech  (Source:Medium)
    • Federal Government Guidance for State and Local Government Agencies
    • Example State and Local Government Responses
    • State and Local Telecommuting Policy Examples
    • State Covid-19 Portals
  • Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and faculty from Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (in collaboration with the Bloomberg Coronavirus Local Response Initiative) are leading classes focused on emergency preparedness, emergency response, crisis leadership and crisis communication.

Housing 

State Specific Updated April 12

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania 

Greater Ohio Policy Center

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