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COVID-19: State and Local Government Actions to Address Housing Insecurity


April 6 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has already had significant economic impacts. Thousands of business have temporarily closed and a record number of Americans have filed for unemployment. Many Americans are now at risk of foreclosure on or eviction from their homes, reducing the positive impact of shelter-in-place and increasing the harmful impact of the virus. Shelter-in-place is not possible for those experiencing homelessness yet this population is at high risk of contracting and spreading the virus.

This webinar will review the actions taken by the federal government to prevent foreclosure and by state and local governments to prevent evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will describe the various approaches jurisdictions have taken with respect to who is entitled to protection, what branch of government created the protection, how long the protection will last, and more. Presenters will describe how shelter-in-place orders address the homeless population and efforts to assist the homeless community during this pandemic. They will examine these actions as part of a comprehensive, health equity-based response to the pandemic and discuss the long-term implications. We encourage you to submit your questions in advance when registering.

This webinar will provide you with:

  • An assessment of the federal government’s action to prevent foreclosure or eviction for property subject to federally backed mortgages
  • An examination of state and local jurisdictions’ efforts to stave off tenant evictions
  • An understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on the homeless population and how jurisdictions are responding to the needs of people suffering homelessness


  • Kerri McGowan Lowrey, J.D., M.P.H., Deputy Director and Director of Grants & Research, Network for Public Health Law—Eastern Region Office


  • Kathi Hoke, JD, Director, Network for Public Health Law – Eastern Region; Professor, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
  • Emily A. Benfer, LLM, JD, Visiting Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

CLEs will not be provided for this webinar.