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RESOURCES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

In an effort to limit the transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Housing Alliance staff will be working remotely for the time being. All in-person meetings will be rescheduled as we are able as online meetings or calls.

As the situation develops, we are advocating for policies that will address the following priorities:

1. Preventing an increase in evictions and utility shut-offs for individuals who have been laid off from their jobs or those whose hours are significantly cut;

2. Ramping up services for people experiencing homelessness and those now at risk of homelessness assuming a greater influx of need;

3. Mitigating delays in the affordable housing development, construction, and real estate transaction processes and the provision of rental subsidies and other services and supports; and

4. Supporting the organizations that serve people in need and create affordable housing who will be faced with lost revenue and increased demand for services and potential delays in grant awards and application cycles.

The resources we are collecting below are information and guidance that we hope will be helpful to you in your work. We will update as we receive information.


Information from federal and state agencies on how services will be delivered and guidance on policy: 

HUD Guidance: 

HUD: COVID-19 (“CORONAVIRUS”) INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

This is a page created by HUD that collects all of their guidance regarding COVID-19.

HUD: Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders

HUD: CDBG COVID-19 Q&A: Using CDBG Funds for Staff Costs and Unused and Partially Utilized Space

PHFA Press Release March 19, 2019:

PHFA Response and Guidance Regarding Coronavirus

“The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is playing a leadership role during thevcoronavirus pandemic as it works to reduce the impact on Pennsylvanians with limited housing budgets. It is promoting information sharing and recommended practices with organizations across the commonwealth that provide housing and supportive services. Its main goal is to promote housing stability during a period of financial instability for some.”

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Halts Evictions:

Supreme Court Statement

Housing Alliance Statement

Pennsylvania DHS Guidance:

March 18, 2020 DHS COVID-19 Response

USDA Guidance:

USDA Guidance Regarding Soup Kitchens and Other Congregate Feeding Sites

Information from the USDA regarding group feeding sites. Click on “Access to Food” for more information.


Benefits for affected people:

Summary of Benefits from Community Legal Services:

Summary of Benefits from Community Legal Services – FOOD STAMPS (SNAP), MEDICAID (MA), CASH ASSISTANCE (TANF) OR HEATING BILL ASSISTANCE (LIHEAP)

Summary of Benefits from Community Legal Services – Spanish Version – FOOD STAMPS (SNAP), MEDICAID (MA), CASH ASSISTANCE (TANF) OR HEATING BILL ASSISTANCE (LIHEAP) 

Medical Assistance for Immigrants

Health Benefit Information:

Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) – List of Resources Regarding Health Concerns

Unemployment Guidance:

Pennsylvania Workers may be eligible for Unemployment – Facebook post

Philadelphia Inquirer:
Unemployment benefits in Pa. during the coronavirus pandemic: How to apply and who’s eligible

Mortgage guidance: 

FHA Insured Mortgage Loss Mitigation Guidance

Regional Resources:

Pittsburgh LGBTQIA+ COVID-19 Relief Fund

List of locations for free school lunches for SE PA


Loans for Small Businesses and Construction Companies:

Federal Small Business Administration Loan Programs for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program for Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Washington, and Armstrong counties

DCED Working Capital Loans:   

From PA Downtown Center: DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses.  Currently, we’re waiting for the Senate to pass an Emergency Coronavirus Bill package.  The National Main Street Center is also compiling information that’s available to the public.  We will post any updates to these and other resources on our webpage. 

NACEDA: COVID-19 Resources for Developers


 Other important links:

NAACP: Ten Equity Implications of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States

National Housing Conference Coronavirus Resource Page

NCRC COVID-19 Resource Page

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