REAC Flash News Report
July 24, 2020
H UD Helps Millions of Families Keep Housing Amid Pandemic
HUD Is Working To Keep Americans Housed Amid Pandemic.
  • Since the onset of COVID-19, HUD has taken quick and comprehensive action to help approximately 13 million HUD-assisted renters and homeowners financially impacted by the pandemic.
  • Before the passage of the CARES Act, HUD implemented a 60-day moratorium on all foreclosures for FHA-insured homes. This moratorium has been extended twice, now prolonged through August 31, 2020 and applies to Single Family forward mortgages and Home Equity Conversion (reverse) mortgages.
  • HUD encouraged stakeholders (Public Housing Authorities, Housing Choice Voucher Landlords, and Tribes) to temporarily halt all evictions and any actions that would result in residents becoming homeless or otherwise experiencing unstable housing conditions. Under Section 4024 of the CARES Act, renters living in Public Housing or Multifamily property are covered by a temporary eviction moratorium through July 24, 2020. This eviction moratorium covers Public Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, Project-Based Vouchers, Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation, Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance, Section 202 housing for the elderly, Section 811 housing for persons with disabilities, HOME program, and FHA-insured properties.
  • During the 120-day eviction moratorium, landlords cannot charge late fees, penalties, or other charges for late rent. Starting on July 25, 2020, landlords must give a 30-day notice before pursuing eviction for non-payment between March 27, 2020 and July 24, 2020. Any extension of the eviction moratorium enacted by the CARES Act would require Congressional action.
HUD’s Toolkit and Web Resources Have Helped Landlords and Tenants.
  • HUD launched the “Eviction Prevention and Stability Toolkit” to encourage Public Housing Authorities (PHA) and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) landlords to plan and implement strategies to keep families stably housed and mitigate economic hardships due to the coronavirus. The toolkit includes:
  • PHA best practices guide,
  • Tenant brochure with tips to avoid eviction,
  • HCV landlord flyer to encourage engagement with tenants before the moratorium expires,
  • Repayment agreement guidance, and
  • Sample documents to provide increased clarity for landlords and renters utilizing these HUD resources.

Agencies Have Established a Centralized Website on Housing Assistance.
  • Recognizing the need to consolidate resources in one central hub for consumers in need of housing assistance or mortgage relief amid COVID-19, HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson, FHFA Director Mark Calabria, and CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger launched a new mortgage and housing assistance; and
  • The site features information for homeowners with a loan backed by FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac, as well as resources for renters who live in buildings with an FHA, Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac loan.

View HUD’s COVID-19  website  to see resources for renters and homeowners.

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