This page contains a number of links to external HUD webpages, documents, and posts for both multifamily owner/agents and residents. You may also visit HUD’s coronavirus response page for information and resources for the homeless, public housing agencies, homeowners and more.

Residents & Rent Repayment Plans

Tenant Guidance: Rent Repayment Plans

Tens of millions of Americans are experiencing job loss, reduced hours, and reduced income due to the economic effects of COVID-19.

To mitigate the negative impacts of income loss, the federal government and state and local governments across the United States have imposed eviction moratoriums. The primary federal eviction moratorium for HUD-assisted housing mandated by the CARES Act expired on July 24, 2020. Even as this or other
federal moratoriums are lifted, state and local moratoriums may remain in place.

Engaging Landlords on Repayment Plans
If you are a tenant and have not been able to pay your rent since the COVID-19 pandemic began, here are some key things to keep in mind as you engage your landlord to establish a payment plan and stay housed.

Be Proactive in Communication and Establish a Repayment Plan that Works for You
The best connections to landlords are built on clear and transparent communication. Do not wait until the rent is due to let them know that you are experiencing challenges that impact your ability to pay rent. Say that you would like to talk with them about a repayment plan (examples below). As you begin working with your landlord
on a repayment plan, establish a plan that works for you and do not agree to payment amounts or schedules that you are unable to support. A potential script is attached on the next page. (Note: In most cases a landlord is not required to agree to a rent repayment plan.)

Sample Repayment Agreements:
https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/DOC_35535.PDF
http://www.mnhousing.gov/get/MHFA_017809

Lean on Your Network and Believe in Your Strengths
Staying housed in a time of crisis is difficult and can stretch a lot of personal resources, not just your finances. When looking to set up a repayment plan, you might want to include someone from your personal network in that process. Take this time to stay positive and build on your strengths and assets.
HHS COVID Mental Health Resources: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/mental-health-andcoping/index.html
CDC Mental Health Guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-lifecoping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

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Rapid Tests Website Launched

The website where Americans can order free COVID-19 rapid tests is now fully online. On Tuesday, some were able to order tests early during the website’s beta phase. The government’s latest move comes as cases soar nationwide. The highly contagious Omicron variant of the virus is fuels the latest global surge in cases. The World…

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New Tax Changes in 2022

New Tax Changes arrive in the new year. The COVID-19 pandemic impacts how many will file with the Internal Revenue Service for a second year. Experts predict another challenging filing year because of the ongoing pandemic. However, they say the first step to filing this year is simple: check your mailbox. The IRS is sending…

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When Will You See Social Security Benefits Increase?

Social Security Benefits Increase in the coming weeks. Approximately 70 Million Americans will see a 5.9% increase this year, but when? According to the Social Security Administration, the payment calendar depends on the recipient’s birthday. For example, beneficiaries with a birth date on the 1st-10th of the month will receive payments on the second Wednesday…

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Quarantine Guidelines Updated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates the quarantine guidelines for those infected with COVID-19. The move comes as cases from the omicron variant skyrocket worldwide. The updated guidance includes significant changes for the asymptomatic and those with known exposure to the virus. First, the CDC is shortening the isolation time from ten to…

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Halloween 2021 Safety Tips

Holidays have looked different during the COVID-19 Pandemic, but Halloween 2021 could be the most normal holiday families have seen since the pandemic began. Dr. Anthony Fauci says spooky season activities will be generally safe for most. “This is a time that children love. It’s a very important part of the year for children.”Dr. Anthony…

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