Evictions and federal aid – Sept. 4 Update

Eviction Relief

Following an Executive Order by President Trump, today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order to temporarily halt evictions through the end of 2020 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Under the CDC Order, American renters who meet certain conditions cannot be evicted if they have affirmatively exhausted their best efforts to pay rent, seek Government rental assistance, and are likely to become homeless due to eviction. More information can be found here.

  • HUD allocated $7 billion in grants to State and local governments that can be used for rental assistance to address increased eviction risk.
  • HUD is explicitly considering factors associated with eviction risk when allocating nearly $2 billion in CARES Act funding and working with Federal grant recipients to facilitate their use of various funds to assist renters at risk of eviction.
  • HUD is providing housing counseling services and has published resources and guidance to help tenants, landlords, and lenders, including a toolkit to help landlords and public housing authorities work with their tenants during this time.
  • The Department of the Treasury has also allocated $142 billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds to States and localities, with broad application for rental assistance and other programs.

Small Business Assistance

SBA Express Bridge Loans: Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.

SBA Debt Relief: As part of our coronavirus debt relief efforts, the SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and Microloans in regular servicing status as well as new 7(a), 504, and Microloans disbursed prior to September 27, 2020. This relief is not available for Paycheck Protection Program loans or Economic Injury Disaster loans. More information can be found below:

Donate COVID-19 Plasma

  • If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma may be able to be used to help others fight off the disease. Learn more here.
  • To find where you can donate source plasma, visit donatingplasma.org.

Donate Blood

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges to the U.S. blood supply. Donor centers have experienced a dramatic reduction in donations due to the implementation of social distancing and the cancellation of blood drives. Blood is needed every day to provide lifesaving treatments to a variety of patients. You can help ensure that blood continues to be available for patients by finding a blood donor center near you to schedule your donation. Learn more here.
  • To find where you can donate blood, visit aabb.org.

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report

(data updated as of September 3, 2020, 9:00 AM)

Number of Persons with COVID-19 1 7,347
Recovered 6,675 (91%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 432 (6%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases 240
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 715 (10%)
Current Hospitalizations 10
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2 215,875
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests2 29,925
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 42,704
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3 79
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 1,725

1 Includes specimens positive at any laboratory and those confirmed by CDC confirmatory testing.
2 Includes specimens tested at the NH Public Health Laboratories (PHL), LabCorp, Quest, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and those sent to CDC prior to NH PHL testing capacity.
3 Includes specimens received and awaiting testing at NH PHL. Does not include tests pending at commercial laboratories.

At least 38 new cases were reported in New Hampshire on Sept. 3. Over the past week, there have been an average of 22 cases per day, an increase of 19 percent from the average two weeks earlier.

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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