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Eviction Protection NOFO
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 included the following provision:
That an additional $20,000,000 (not subject to such section 106), to remain available until September 30, 2023, shall be for competitive grants to nonprofit or governmental entities to provide legal assistance (including assistance related to pretrial activities, trial activities, post-trial activities and alternative dispute resolution) at no cost to eligible low-income tenants at risk of or subject to eviction: Provided further, That in awarding grants under the preceding proviso, the Secretary shall give preference to applicants that include a marketing strategy for residents of areas with high rates of eviction, have experience providing no-cost legal assistance to low-income individuals, including those with limited English proficiency or disabilities, and have sufficient capacity to administer such assistance: Provided further, That the Secretary shall ensure, to the extent practicable, that the proportion of eligible tenants living in rural areas who will receive legal assistance with grant funds made available under this heading is not less than the overall proportion of eligible tenants who live in rural areas.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Policy Development and Research, expects to publish a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) on Grants.gov within the next couple of months. Please note that this information is unofficial and subject to change.
Centers for Disease Control Order Banning Evictions
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended its Order under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This Order is effective January 31, 2021 through June 30, 2021. The order is separate and independent from the expired CARES Act eviction moratorium.
To be eligible for eviction protections under the order, residents must sign a declaration form (see link below) and meet the requirements outlined in the order, which are also described in the declaration form.
The Resident Declaration form is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/EvictionDeclare_d508.pdf
Research on Evictions
A lack of affordable housing puts millions of tenants at risk of eviction, which has dire consequences for renters’ life trajectories. One of the leading interventions to prevent evictions is providing upstream services and legal assistance to at-risk tenants. Research shows that legal representation helps tenants remain housed while also delivering financial savings to jurisdictions that implement. For example, a study in Baltimore found that an annual investment of $5.7 million in a right to counsel program in Baltimore would yield $35.6 million in benefits or costs avoided to the city and state.
Since the CDC issued its eviction moratorium in September 2020, the moratorium has provided critical protections for housing-insecure tenants across the country. See here for an overview of the impact of the eviction moratorium.
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