COVID-19 Resources & Policy Updates

Biweekly Conversations

NCST is hosting regularly scheduled listening sessions for our Community Buyers to hear about how COVID-19 and local conditions are affecting their work.  NCST will also provide a policy update. Calls will be held each Wednesday from 12:30 – 1:30 EST throughout this time of national emergency.

Although we are holding weekly and bi-weekly calls, NCST understands that the local situation may be changing daily.  Please reach out to your Community Development Manager or Asset Manager for assistance on specific properties or to provide feedback you feel would be helpful as we continue our national conversations.

NCST Webinar Recordings & Notes

How is COVID-19 Affecting Your Organization?

Weekly COVID-19 Conversation: March 25, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Conversation: April 1, 2020 | Notes from Webinar

Weekly COVID-19 Conversation: April 8, 2020 | Notes from Webinar

Weekly COVID-19 Conversation: April 15, 2020 | Notes from Webinar

Weekly COVID-19 Conversation: April 22, 2020 | Notes from Webinar

Weekly COVID-19 Conversation: April 29, 2020 | Notes from Webinar

Weekly COVID-19 Conversation: May 13, 2020 | Notes from Webinar

Bi-weekly COVID-19 Conversation: May 27, 2020 | Presentation by Mark Zandi

Please reach out to Mariah at to get on our email list for weekly webinar registration.

NCST COVID-19 Policy Agenda

For the duration of the pandemic, NCST’s highest priority will be to help support our Community Buyers and their neighborhoods and residents in whatever ways we can. So far, NCST has:

  • Advocated for Congress to include the following provisions in emergency legislation:
    • A foreclosure and eviction moratorium, excluding vacant properties;
    • Mortgage forbearances (temporarily suspending payments) of 6 months or more if needed, not only for owner-occupants, but also for investors who own single-family (1-4 unit) properties, with the provision that landlords receiving payment relief pass that relief along to their tenants;
    • Assistance for non-profits; and
    • The inclusion of construction loans in any provisions for payment relief on other credit products.
  • Requested that our nation’s regulators halt all non-COVID-19-related rulemaking until the current emergency is over.

NCST will continue to advocate for robust emergency measures to stem the impacts of COVID-19 on affordable housing and our communities.  Moving forward, NCST will:

  • Ensure our partners can continue to engage in single-family rehabilitation;
  • Look for ways to help localities that are dealing with frozen real estate markets; and
  • Advocate for policies to ensure homeowners benefit from the eventual real estate recovery. 

NCST COVID-19 Policy Advocacy Resources

Joint Letter: Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act (5/6)

Joint Request: Single Consumer-facing Portal on COVID Housing Relief (5/4)

Joint Letter: Housing Industry Coalition Letter in Support of Rental Assistance (5/4)

Joint Letter: Letter to Housing Regulators on Tenant Protections in CARES Act (5/1)

Joint Letter: Renewed Call for Credit and Debt Protections in COVID-19 Relief (5/1)

Joint Letter: Civil Rights, Consumer, Housing, and Real Estate Groups Urge U.S Treasury and Federal Regulators to Help Mortgage Servicers Maintain Liquidity (4/17)

Joint Letter: HUD Must Do Much More to Protect Older Reverse Mortgage Borrowers in the Coronavirus Epidemic (3/24/20)

NCST Letter to the OCC, FDIC, and Federal Reserve on “Joint Statement on CRA Consideration for Activities in Response to COVID-19” CRA Activities and Need to Halt Rulemaking (3/23/20)

Joint Letter: 63 Organizations Call for Credit and Debt Protections to Address Financial Distress from COVID-19 (3/23/20)

Joint Letter to Regulatory Agencies Requesting Extension of Public Comment Periods (3/20/20)

COVID-19 Resources

Upcoming Webinars

June 1, (2-3pm EDT) – “Using the Emergency Solutions Grant Program for COVID-19 Housing Response” hosted by Local Initiatives Support Corporation

June 2, (3:30-5:00pm EDT) – “National Call on Coronavirus on Homesslessness/Housing with Speaker Nancy Pelosi” hosted by National Low Income Housing Coalition

June 4, (12-1pm EDT) – “ Land Banks, Land Banking Programs and COVID-19:  Strategic Considerations for a Long-term, Equitable Recovery” hosted by Center for Community Progress

June 23, (3:30-4:30pm EDT) – “Regulatory Ripple Effects” hosted by AltiSource

General Resource Guides

Center for Community Investment “Reimaging Strategy in the Midst of COVID-19

Corporation for Supportive Housing COVID-19 Resource Guide

Council of Non-Profits: Nonprofits and Coronavirus

Housing Assistance Council: Coronavirus Resources and Response (focuses on rural housing)

LocalHousingSolutions.Org: COVID-19

Grounded Solutions Network: COVID-19 Related Resources

Institute for Real Estate Managers

Million Acres: Cities and States That Have Paused Evictions Due to COVID-19

NAHRO COVID-19 Resource Guide

National Consumer Law Center: Resources on Consumer Protections

National Council of State Housing Agencies: State HFA Federal Policy Priorities in Response to COVID-19

National Development Council Resource Guide

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

National Housing Conference: Coronavirus Resources

National Low-Income Housing Coalition: Coronavirus and Housing/Homelessness

Novogradac: Resources for the Affordable Housing, Community Development and Renewable Energy Communities

Urban Institute Report:  Avoiding a Disaster for Renters and Housing Market

CARES Act Lending

U.S. Small Business Administration: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Kresge Foundation: Mission, Money, and Markets: Non-profit Guide to Accessing Capital through the 2020 CARES Act

Recast City: EIDL vs PPP (And what else can we do?)

Federal Policy Announcements

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): Coronavirus Resources

CFPB: Guide to Coronavirus Mortgage Relief Options

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA): Coronavirus Assistance Information 


Fannie Mae COVID-19

Freddie Mac COVID-19

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): COVID-19 Information and Resources

USDA Rural Development: COVID-19 Response

State Resources

To see state specific resources, please visit our COVID-19 + Housing: State Resources page.