CHAIR: Emily A. Benfer
Working to assess and promote solutions to the growing epidemic of loss of housing due to the pandemic.
ABA Action on COVID-19 Eviction Prevention
- On December 4, 2020, ABA President Trish Refo sent a letter to the National Governors Association, encouraging an effective response to the eviction crisis, and offering assistance and collaboration.
- On September 5, 2020, ABA President Patricia Refo sent a letter to Congressional leadership calling for immediate action in reinstituting the eviction moratorium and providing financial assistance to renters/landlords and property owners.
- ABA Pro Bono Network
- Resolution on the Eviction Crisis
Legal Assistance: Eviction Defense
Eviction Trackers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Eviction Moratoriums & Form Generators
- Federal: On September 1, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control issued a broad eviction moratorium, now effective until March 31, 2021.
- A summary of the moratorium and eligibility requirements are available at the National Housing Law Project website
- State Moratorium: To better understnd the steps states have taken to prevent homelessness during and after the pandemic , the Eviction Lab and Professor Emily Benfer have developed a policy scorecard for each state, distilling the contents of thousands of newly-released emergency orders, declarations, and legislation into a clear set of critical measures included in, and left out of, state-level pandemic responses related to eviction and housing.
Multiple sites assist tenants in creating a form to provide to their landlords in order to prevent eviction.
- A2J Tech has created a free, online, multi-lingual COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Form to help tenants generate a declaration that can prevent eviction from their home until January 31st.
- The Kentucky Equal Justice Center built the CDC Eviction Declaration tool to help tenants generate and send to their landlords the declarations necessary to receive eviction protections pursuant to the Center for Disease Control’s September 1st order. This tool should be useful to tenants across the nation, since the CDC order applies nationwide.
- Suffolk Law School’s Legal Innovation and Technology Lab, in cooperation with the Massachusetts’s Access to Justice Commission’s COVID-19 Task Force, created the CDC Eviction Moratorium Assistant form to help tenants determine whether they are covered by the CDC’s September 1st order and to produce a declaration to share with their landlord if they are covered.
- The Stanford Legal Design Lab built a national Legal Help FAQ platform, with 50-state coverage, of renters’ rights and protections during the COVID-19 emergency.
- Jacksonville Area Legal Aid has created an online Eviction Court Form Builder program for Florida residents.
- Fact Sheets and Resources The National Low Income Housing Coalition and Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition has regular webinars on COVID-19 issues.
- Information on relief for homeowners impacted by COVID-19 is available on the Federal Housing Finance Agency website.
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has COVID-19 resources and fact sheets on relief for homeowners.
- The National Housing Law Project has guidance and resources on renter and homeowner rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Network for Public Health Law offers information on housing, emergency declarations, public health surveillance, legal preparedness, data privacy, and more.
- The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty has developed a COVID-19 page on recommendations, resources and their COVID-19 Response Tracker.
- The Urban Institute has resources on COVID-19 Policies to Protect People and Communities.
- A New NCLC Digital Library article explains new protections for homeowners having difficulty making mortgage payments—both those covered by the CARES Act and the millions who are not.
- NLIHC has released online its Advocates’ Guide 2020: A Primer on Federal Affordable Housing & Community Development Programs, a comprehensive resource for advocates and others involved in many aspects of affordable housing and community development.
- Legal Services Corporation, The Effect of State and Local Laws on Eviction
Rental Assistance & Eviction Diversion Program
Research on the Eviction Crisis and Harms
- The Aspen Institute posted an article on their blog on August 7, 2020 entitled, “The COVID-19 Eviction Crisis: An Estimated 30-40 Million People in America are at Risk”. The article was authored by Emily Benfer, David Bloom Robinson, Stacy Butler, Lavar Edmonds, Sam Gilman, Katherine Lucas McKay, Zach Neumann, Lisa Owens, Neil Steinkamp & Diane Yentel.
- Eviction, Health Inequity, and the Spread of COVID-19: Housing Policy as a Primary Pandemic Mitigation Strategy
- Expiring eviction moratoriums and COVID-19 incidence and mortality
- Prevented cases and deaths during the study period
Loan Defaults, Deferrals, Forgiveness