Utah Specific information
Utah Housing Coalition: https://www.utahhousing.org/covid-19.html
Resources for UHC Members
Enterprise launched a Covid-19 response program, Emergency Action for Resident and Partner Stability, to provide relief funding and assistance to low-income renters and affordable housing providers. The program offers nonprofit community partners flexible support, including emergency grants of up to $150,000 to help organizations stay afloat and meet the immediate needs of the families and individuals they serve; immediate and long-term guidance on resilience planning and financial strategies; and aid for organizations seeking critical government relief funds and other interventions that can help address resident and community needs. This multi-million dollar philanthropic effort is led by an initial $2 million contribution from the Wells Fargo Foundation as part of its $175 million commitment in response to Covid-19, as well as substantial contributions from Ballmer Group and Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Enterprise also contributed $1.4 million of its own resources to the program to help meet the overwhelming demand. For more information, visit Enterprise’s Covid-19 news and information hub today.
Resources for Renters
- Utah DWS made available a Pandemic Rental Assistance flyer for renters who are not receiving unemployment benefits or, due to circumstances related to COVID-19, are unable to pay rent.
- Utah Legal Services: What Renters Need to Know if They Receive an Eviction Notice View on YouTube
- Self-Help Resources from the Utah State Courts: What Renters Need to Know View on YouTube
- You can download the 2020 Renter Toolkit available in English & Spanish. If you would like to receive hard copies, please email Francisca Blanc at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For COVID-19 Resources, please visit our web page. Please, let us know if you have additional resources that we need to add to our list.
- For community resources, individuals need to dial 211 to connect with organizations in their communities.
Manufactured Housing Institute updates and information can be found on the MHI website at https://www.manufacturedhousing.org/covid-19-updates/
Administration and Congress’ Actions related to COVID-19
President Trump declared a national emergency
The Federal Reserve reduced interest rates to close to zero on Sunday to help stabilize the economy. In addition, the Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) issued joint guidance last week to the nation’s financial services providers, encouraging them to “work constructively with borrowers and other customers in affected communities,” and pledging that examiners will not criticize “prudent efforts . . . consistent with safe and sound lending practices.” The regulators said they would expedite any requests to make changes in service availability because of staffing challenges or community needs.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has compiled helpful resources and guidance on its website: HERE.
Below are links to useful information for businesses from a variety of federal agencies:
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Information for Communities, Schools, and Businesses
- Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities
- DOL: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
- DOL: OHSA Resources for Workers and Employers on COVID-19
- WHO: Get Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19
- CISA: Risk Management for COVID-19
- EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Emergency Loans
There are a number of resources for businesses from a variety of agencies. For example, the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business: www.SBA.gov/coronavirus and www.SBA.gov/disaster.
In addition, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) webpage contains information about common issues employers and workers are encountering, including the effects of shutdowns on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The DOL has issued guidance outlining flexibilities that states have in administering their unemployment insurance (UI) programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the DOL guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19. In addition, federal law allows states to pay benefits where:
- An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
- An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
- An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.
In addition, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put together information for consumers about how to protect themselves financially during the crisis: Here.