COVID-19 State Assistance Guide

April 1, 2020

Updated June 3, 2020

Alabama

State programs have been introduced to help small businesses and non-profit organizations to get through the coronavirus pandemic. The loans provide economic support to small businesses to help overcome the financial crisis. This website was created for those seeking help or people who want to volunteer.

Alaska

Governor Mike Dunleavy re-confirms that they are doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of the citizens. No evictions and foreclosures are allowed during the next 60 days in regards to the 13,000 Alaskans who receive rental assistance.  There are also agencies across the state that offer rental assistance.

The state eviction moratorium will last until June 30.

Arizona

Due to the Short-Term Crisis Program, low-income families are provided with financial assistance. To apply for this type of assistance, an applicant must meet certain requirements.

Recently the Governor met with representatives from utility services, banks, internet providers, landlords and more to ensure Arizonans don’t see critical services shut off and are allowed to remain in their homes. You can read more here.

Homeowners impacted by the coronavirus crisis are encouraged to contact their mortgage services.

Arkansas

Arkansas encourages landlords to reduce rent for tenants with low income. Also, tenants can receive help with utility bills. 

You can learn more about that initiative here.  For more information directed at small business owners, this is a great resource.

California

The executive department of California took measures to maintain public health, promote social distancing and freeze evictions. 

Read the specific order and check out additional helpful information on rental help in the state of California. The California Apartment Association sponsored a legislative proposal that would help landlords and tenants who are facing financial hardship.

Read more:  Rental Help: California | HUD.gov / US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Colorado

In Colorado, property owners are encouraged to create a payment plan for the tenants who are not able to provide the full payment, waive late fees, avoid rent increases and stop evictions by the end of April. More information on Colorado Housing and COVID can be found here.

Moratorium on evictions and foreclosures was prolonged through May.

Connecticut

In order to help homeowners and renters, a 60-day moratorium on foreclosures and eviction has been developed. Also, homeowners get a 90-day pass on mortgage payments according to this article.

All landlords are prohibited from beginning eviction proceedings before July 1, 2020 and must grant a 60-day grace period for rent due in May.

Delaware

Governor John Carney, together with the Housing Authority, established a new program to provide assistance to the tenants affected by shutdowns. Moratorium on evictions has also been enacted. Governor Carney declared a State of Emergency starting on March 13, 2020, and issued ten modifications. Read more about the latest updates here.

Florida

In Florida, emergency loans are available to small businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Other rental assistance resources can be found here. For residents, here are some resources that might be helpful.

Georgia

Business emergency loans are available for small businesses while there is no moratorium on evictions.  However, an online petition has garnered more than 24,000 signatures urging Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to issue a moratorium on evictions during the pandemic.

Georgia landlords who received stimulus checks are prohibited from evicting tenants until July 26, 2020.

Hawaii

All the evictions are banned during the pandemic and the moratorium has been prolonged by Governor David Ige. Though the Hawaii Public Housing Authority is closed to the public, you can still reach out for assistance. 

An eviction moratorium has been extended through June 30.

Idaho

In Idaho, foreclosure sales as well as evictions have been postponed until June 1. For homeowners,  relief programs on mortgage payments are expected.

Illinois

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has suspended foreclosures and evictions for enterprise-backed mortgages. Multifamily homeowners will get mortgage forbearance if they postpone the evictions for tenants who are unable to provide rent payments. 

Read more about  COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant program for Chicagoans who’ve been hit financially by the pandemic.

Indiana

An executive order prohibiting evictions and foreclosures has been issued in the state. Find more information on where to turn for financial help to pay rent, mortgage, and other bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Iowa

In Iowa, all foreclosures and evictions have been temporarily suspended across the state. The order refers to residential, commercial, and agricultural property.  Also, the CARES Act has imposed a moratorium on charging late fees for most of the properties.

More useful links on COVID 19 recovery assistance can be found here.

Kansas

Governor Kelly announced an executive order to temporarily ban evictions and foreclosures and decided to help property owners with mortgage payments.  

Kentucky

Kentucky homeowners are still required to provide mortgage payments if they are not affected by COVID-19. In case they experience financial difficulties, they should reach out for assistance

More helpful links are available here.

Louisiana

The owners of small businesses affected by COVID-19 can check out helpful resources to support their businesses.  

Foreclosures and evictions have been suspended across the state. You can find the latest responses to COVID19 here.

Maine

Eviction hearings are postponed until May 1st. After May 1st, the landlord has to provide 7 days’ notice before the hearing can proceed.

Utility services are still available for all the citizens even for those who are unable to provide payments during the pandemic. 

Find more COVID-19 updates at MaineHousing.

Maryland

An executive order was issued on March 16. According to the order, all evictions are prohibited to help tenants who have lost income due to COVID-19. Find Rental Assistance Programs here.

Massachusetts

A moratorium on evictions and foreclosures is established during the COVID-19 emergency declaration. You can get acquainted with the act here.

You can get acquainted with the act here and COVID-19 Affordable Housing Updates can be found here.

Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order allowing tenants to remain in the property during the pandemic even if they are unable to provide rent payments. The courts are also obliged to delay eviction-related proceedings. On April 17, the Governor signed a new executive order regarding the moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

On April 17, the Governor signed a new executive order regarding the moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic that will last until June 11.

More legal help can be found here.

Minnesota

An executive order suspended evictions and foreclosures during the public health emergency. Tenants and homeowners are still required to make payments. But late fees cannot be charged for 60 days. More info on COVID and Minnesota Housing is available here.

Mississippi

The Mississippi Apartment Association asked homeowners to assist tenants who are getting through hard times during the COVID-19 emergency. It suggests waiving late fees and establishing partial payment plans. Mortgage forbearances might be also available to rental owners. 

Governor Tate Reeves announced that evictions will resume on June 1.

Missouri

Jackson County judge suspended evictions for 30 days during the coronavirus pandemic, but there is no statewide moratorium on evictions yet. 

Read more: With Rent Due Soon And People Newly Out Of Work, Tenants Call On Missouri Governor For Help

Montana

A moratorium on foreclosures and evictions is extended through May 24. The Federal Housing Administration announced a foreclosure and eviction moratorium for all FHA-insured mortgages for 60 days. 

Nebraska

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed an executive order providing relief from eviction to the residents affected by COVID-19. More information on rental assistance can be found here

Nevada

Gov. Steve Sisolak has announced a moratorium on evictions for both residential and commercial tenants for the duration of the state of emergency. You can find more helpful resources here.

New Hampshire

There is a ban on evictions and foreclosures across the state during the pandemic. Landlords are not allowed to evict tenants who have been affected by the health crisis. Rental inspections can still be conducted, but with the necessary precautions taken.

New Jersey

According to an executive order, the suspension of all evictions and foreclosures was announced for the next 60 days. 

New Mexico

Both state and private companies have taken measures to help citizens who are experiencing financial difficulties amid the Coronavirus pandemic. You can get more general information here.

New York

In the state of New York, some mortgage payments have to be waived for the next 90 days starting March 19. The courts stopped all evictions. Tenants who are unable to pay rent can apply to get benefits for emergencies.

The moratorium on evictions has been extended until August 20.

For more info on housing resources please check here and here.

North Carolina

The courts stopped all evictions and foreclosures for 30 days starting March 13. More information on rental housing can be read here. You can keep track of responses and resources affecting the housing stability of North Carolinians by following this link.

Eviction proceedings were postponed until June 1,2020.

Read more:  NC Courts to stop evictions, foreclosures to slow coronavirus.

North Dakota – 

The North Dakota Supreme Court has suspended until further notice all residential evictions in the state due to circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. North Dakotans are encouraged to talk to their mortgage servicer or landlord regarding the inability to make a mortgage or rent payment. More updates can be found here.

Ohio

Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order providing assistance to small businesses with mortgage and rent payments, urging landlords and lenders to suspend payments for at least 90 days. Check out all the relief programs across the state by following this link.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor has suspended all the residential evictions due to the emergency situation. Any other information on COVID-19 can be found here. 

Oregon

On March 22, Oregon Governor issued an executive order regarding a moratorium on evictions for non-payment for 90 days. 

Here’s a list of helpful links and resources regarding COVID-19 for landlords and tenants. More useful links can be found here.

Pennsylvania

The state Supreme Court has extended a moratorium on evictions, providing much-needed — if temporary — relief for tenants. It’s recommended that people who are unable to make rent or mortgage payments due to the emergency situation, contact their landlord/lender and discuss further steps.

You can find up-to-date information on COVID-19 here. 

Rhode Island

An eviction moratorium has been extended until May 17, 2020 in the state of Rhode Island.

Eviction hearings resumed on June 1. Find more resources here.

South Carolina

An executive order postpones all eviction proceedings until May 1, with a few exceptions. This might help the tenants who may have lost their jobs and cannot provide rent payments due to the public health crisis. Here are more steps that are being taken.

Eviction hearings continue to take place starting May 15.

South Dakota

Small businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, can receive financial assistance. 

Tennessee

In Tennessee, if you’re badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic (e.g. you’ve lost your job or 50% of your income), you can apply for financial assistance and be eligible for extra cash. 

Eviction processes can be resumed on June 1.

Texas

The Supreme Court of Texas amended a previous order that banned evictions until April 19 to extend that period through June 1. If you happen to need assistance, you can find useful contacts here.  More COVID-19 information can be found here.

A moratorium on evictions for government-assisted housing has been prolonged until July 24.

Utah

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced a moratorium on evictions for the next month, to help residential tenants who can’t pay rent due to the impacts of COVID-19. Utah offers deferment plans for tenants financially impacted by the coronavirus crisis. It’s suggested that landlords establish a procedure of how to deal with tenants that have problems paying rent due to the pandemic.

Evictions resumed on May 15.

Vermont

The Senate has approved a measure to freeze evictions and foreclosures.  Updated information on potential rental assistance can be found here

Virginia

Any court proceedings, including evictions, are suspended. You can also get assistance, find homeowner programs and resources here. 

https://www.vhda.com/about/Pages/VH-COVID19.aspx

Washington

Governor Inslee has extended the eviction moratorium. Also, rental assistance is provided to the Americans affected by the crisis. Eviction moratorium is extended through June 4.

Here’s the list of helpful resources for the residents impacted by COVID-19. 

Read about COVID-19 Threat and Affordable Housing Compliance here.

Washington D.C.

The court has suspended all evictions and foreclosures. Landlords are encouraged to assist residents impacted by the financial crisis. D.C. Council unanimously passed its second emergency COVID-19 relief bill, a measure that establishes a rent freeze and mortgage payment deferrals.

West Virginia

Information on Coronavirus and Evictions is here. Find a rental assistant here. More useful links are here. For small business assistance, click here.

Wisconsin

Tenants are encouraged to contact their landlord if they are unable to pay rent  

There is currently a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures through May 26, 2020.

More information can be found here and here.

Wyoming

Some small businesses affected by the pandemic might apply for emergency loans. 

You can check out additional information here and read the states FAQ on COVID here.

Note: If you’re looking for other state laws regarding renting, you can find them here.

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