HUD Encourages Prevention of Evictions
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Posted by: Amanda Hamilton
In the latest update from the National Apartment Association, HUD is encouraging public housing authorities and rental housing providers who serve rent assisted residents to prevent the displacement of families through eviction. See the full report from NAA's President & CEO, Bob Pinnegar, below.
Dear NAA members,
News related to COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. As an update to my previous email, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) confirmed that Secretary Ben Carson has authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days. This announcement falls in line with the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) directive to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days for homeowners with an Enterprise-backed single-family mortgage.
In light of these extraordinary circumstances, HUD encourages public housing authorities (PHAs) and rental housing providers who serve rent assisted (Housing Choice Voucher (including Project-Based Voucher (PBV)), public housing and Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)) residents to prevent the displacement of families through eviction. Some PHAs have gone so far as to issue eviction moratoriums for housing that falls under their jurisdiction.
Bear in mind that states and localities continue to push their own eviction moratoriums, applicable to all privately-owned housing. Nationally, at least 35 jurisdictions announced eviction moratoriums in light of the spread of COVID-19 with more considering legislation or mandate by judicial action or law enforcement. We have developed a research report to help you navigate this patchwork of mandates, including information on eviction, rent increase restrictions, late fees and shelter-in-place orders.
Please visit NAA’s Resources and Guidance for COVID-19 where you can link to our policy concerns page to learn more.