COVID-19 Resources for Community Developers

This resource page is designed for community development nonprofits and the associations that serve them. Go directly to COVID-19 resources for:

For policy platforms and resource pages developed by state and regional community development associations, go to our Member Response page.

Housing

Eviction Prevention / Rent Relief

Centers for Disease Control: The CDC issued a national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent effective September 4 through December 31, 2020. The moratorium does not apply to any state, local, or tribal area that has an eviction moratorium that “provides the same or greater level of public-health protection than the requirements” in the CDC order. It provide no new funding to pay rents or any other expenses. At the end of the moratorium, tenants will owe any unpaid rent — and landlords are not prevented from charging or collecting fees, penalties, or interest as a result of a tenant’s failure to pay rent on time. To be protected, qualified renters facing eviction must provide a signed declaration to their landlords.

Resources:

The Federal Housing Finance Agency: On February 9, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are extending the moratoriums on real estate owned (REO) evictions until March 31, 2021. The REO eviction moratorium applies to properties that have been acquired by an Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac through foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure transactions. View Information for Tenants Information for Tenants in Rental Properties With a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac Mortgage. Renters in multifamily properties backed by Fannie and Freddie that are in forbearance are entitled to enhanced protections. While in forbearance, these properties may not evict tenants for nonpayment of rent. Use look-up tools for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Foreclosure Prevention / Mortgage Relief

Centers for Disease Control: The national eviction moratorium ordered by the Centers for Disease Control raises concerns for landlords who need to continue to pay mortgages and other expenses related to rental properties. The CDC order does describe the available federal assistance made available to tenants. HUD informed the CDC that entities who received Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under the CARES Act may use these funds to provide temporary rental assistance.

Federal Housing Finance Agency: On February 9, the FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are extending the moratoriums on single-family foreclosures until March 31, 2021. The foreclosure moratorium applies to single-family mortgages only. backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac only. To understand what protections are available for a specific property, borrowers should first determine whether their loans are owned or backed by one of these federal entities. Use Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan look-up tools. 

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Multifamily Housing

HUD posted Flexibilities/Waivers Granted by the CARES Act + Mega Waivers and Guidance on June 22. The compendium covers HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Continuum of Care (CoC) programs, Consolidated Plan waivers,  and environmental review policies. CARES Act self-implementing provisions for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program are included. For more information about CDBG, go to the Communities section of this webpage.

View HUD guidance for owners/agents of FHA-insured properties, project-based rental assistance, Section 232 and Section 811 properties. HUD also provides HOME Program FAQs as well as eviction moratorium material for tenants and owners for units assisted by the HOME Program.

Access multifamily resources and updates from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The National Multifamily Housing Council provides a National Multifamily Housing Council Coronavirus Hub provides information for building owners. NHC provides FAQs on property management, multifamily finance, and homeless service providers.

Small Business

The Small Business Administration (SBA) administers several temporary small business relief programs established through the CARES Act. See what Coronavirus Relief Options are still available. 

The Federal Reserve Board adjusted the terms of their Main Street Lending Program on October 30 to better target support to smaller businesses facing continued revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic.

Communities

Community Development Block Grants

The CARES Act passed by Congress in March committed $5 billion to Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). On September 14, HUD posted the third and final round allocations of $1.988 billion of supplemental Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG-CV).

Rural Resources

The USDAs COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide lists federal programs that can provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural residents, organizations, businesses, and communities impacted by COVID-19. 

Additional Resources

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides regularly-updated information on how to plan, prepare, and respond to the COVID-19.

CONNECT Platform - Works anywhere in the country to find free and reduced cost services like food, healthcare, job opportunities, benefits enrollment, rent assistance and more anywhere in the country.

NHC provides FAQs for nonprofits.

Banking

Expansion of CRA Credit for Activities in Respond to COVID-19 - Joint statement from the Federal Reserve System, FDIC, and the OCC providing guidance to financial institutions on how they can receive credit on their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) activities to low- and moderate-income people and communities affected by the coronavirus.

American Bankers Association: Bank Responses to COVID-19 - Alphabetical list of publicly-announced steps banks of all sizes have taken to respond to the crisis.

Racial Equity 

The NAACP’s “Ten Equity Implications of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States” includes sections on “Civil Rights Advocacy Recommendations” and “Promising Emerging Equity Based Efforts” with examples of nonprofits taking direct equity-based action.

The Movement for Black Lives’ National Demands During COVID-19 lists policy platforms centered on protecting Black communities during the pandemic.

Fundraising and Communications 

Funding

The National Center of Family Philanthropy has created a list of emergency funding opportunities for nonprofits working towards COVID-19 response and recovery.

Five Foundations, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, have announced a joint commitment to increase their payouts to nonprofit organizations with more than $1.7 billion within the next three years to stabilize and sustain the nonprofit sector.

Community Foundation has a list of community foundations with emergency funding packages for nonprofit organizations broken down by states.

Additional funding sources for nonprofits can be found on our Funding Opportunities page.

Communications

Planning for a COVID-19 Outbreak in Your Community from Leading Age provides a framework for organizations developing messaging for media consumption and/or responding to press inquiries about diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in your organization. 

Framing COVID-19 from the FrameWorks Institute provides guidance on effective and inclusive communications during the pandemic, including guidance on making a powerful case for nonprofits.

Talking About Homelessness and Housing During COVID-19 from Housing Action Illinois provides sample messaging on housing and homelessness that members may find useful to quote, adopt, or adapt.

Talking about health, housing & COVID-19: Keeping Equity at the Forefront from Berkeley Media Studies Group provides tools and language to elevate equity-focused solutions in housing and health news for press communication and advocacy.

Communications Toolkit from the Opportunity Agenda provides guidance for developing values-based messages for those working to influence long-term public thinking about social justice issues while also crafting effective short-term campaigns.