David Weber, PHADA Policy Analyst
On July 2, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing released the Eviction Prevention and Stability Toolkit, a collection of information and resources for public housing authorities and Housing Choice Voucher program landlords on ways to stabilize families and reduce evictions during and after COVID-19. The release of the toolkit comes in anticipation of the July 24 end of the federal moratorium on evictions in federally supported housing included in the CARES Act. HUD’s Eviction Prevention and Stability Toolkit, as well as other HUD resources for PHAs related to COVID-19 such as the COVID-19 Toolkit and HUD’s waiver and supplemental funding notices, can be found on HUD’s Public and Indian Housing COVID-19 Resources page.
The impact of COVID-19 on the economy and steep rises in unemployment claims are well documented. Many analysts and observers are concerned about a looming eviction crisis resulting from the end of the federal eviction moratorium and the end of the supplemental $600 per month in unemployment benefits provided under the CARES Act, which also expired at the end of July. Many state and local eviction moratoriums have also expired or will expire soon. Some experts have projected tens of millions of eviction filings as moratoria and expanded unemployment benefits end.
While households without any government rental assistance are at highest risk, eviction of assisted households for non-payment of a household share of rent is still common, a fact exacerbated by the impacts of the pandemic. In order to minimize evictions among assisted households, HUD has provided a series of documents bundled as an Eviction Prevention and Stability Toolkit to assist and guide housing authorities and voucher program landlords on steps they can take to reduce evictions for non-payment.
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