Three New Tools Can Help Renters Find Emergency Assistance
On August 3, the CDC issued a new eviction moratorium through October 3 in counties with higher levels of COVID-19 community transmission. This rapidly changing situation means many older renters and caregivers may not be up to date on available assistance and legal protections. AAAs should proactively inform older adults that emergency assistance is available and urge quick action to avoid evictions. Three new online tools can help renters who are behind on payments or facing eviction get assistance to stay in their homes.
The Rental Assistance Finder from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) helps tenants and landlords take advantage of emergency rental assistance that can be used to cover rent, utilities, and other housing costs. Users can find their local program by searching by state and county. The tool has links to information about who qualifies, how the money can be used, and how to get help applying from a housing counselor.
Help for Homeowners and Renters During the Coronavirus National Crisis is another CFPB portal that provides information on a variety of situations. The “Help for Renters” section includes a link to learn about any steps that state and local governments have taken to stop evictions as well as tenants' legal rights.
The Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide for People At Risk of Eviction from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness is an interactive online tool to help people take advantage of not just emergency rental assistance but also state and local moratoriums, legal and housing aid; economic impact payments, and more. The Council's flyer is an easy way to inform your community.
AAAs also can contact their local emergency rental assistance program to learn if a county has an eviction moratorium and to explore ways to assist older adults with navigating the application process.