COVID-19 Response

Resources for California

California’s Experts on Affordable Housing Finance, Advocacy & Policy

Research &




COVID-19 Housing Fragility by Race/EthnicityAnalysis of household fragility from the Household Pulse Survey administered weekly by the U.S. Census Bureau to measure experiences and needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, including racial disparities in housing security from the economic fallout: 


Break-even analysis modeling the income and rent impacts on existing LIHTC affordable developments from coronavirus loss of employment and income: 
April 22, 2020 Published Data (blog)



2021 Conference Panels (

  • 6/22-6/24 Housing California
  • 9/21-9/23 SJVHC
  • 9/24 NPH
  • 10/19-10/21 SDHF
  • 10/27-10/29 SCANPH


BANKING – Series on the financial and operational impacts of COVID-19 on multifamily affordable housing lending and investing:

  • Part I: April 30 – Overview: Developments in construction, operations and the pipeline 
  • Part II: August 18 – Developments in the pipeline and under construction
  • Part III: November 12 – Post-election outlook for federal tax policy & implications for California’s LIHTC market
  • December 3 – Partner event – COVID-19-related effects on the underwriting process

Federal Policy Responses


State Policy Responses

Reconciliation Bill – House Financial Services Markup:
September 2021 Spending Highlights

Reconciliation Bill – House Ways & Means Markup:
September 2021 Tax Incentive Highlights

American Rescue Plan – Housing Provisions:
March 2021 Summary [NLIHC]

American Rescue Plan Act: Estimated Allocations of Homeless Assistance Grants ($5 billion):
February 2021 List [NLIHC]

Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) FAQs: 
July 23, 2021 ERAP Info Sheet [HUD]
January 19, 2021 List [US Dept. of the Treasury]

American Rescue Plan – Emergency Legislative Package to Fund Vaccinations, Provide Immediate, Direct Relief to Families Bearing the Brunt of the COVID-19 Crisis, and Support Struggling Communities:
January 2021 Summary [Build Back Better/President-elect Biden]

Ensuring Housing Stability During a Crisis, Call for COVID-19 Relief:
January 14, 2021 Recommendations [NLIHC]

Summary of Housing Provisions in Emergency COVID-19 Relief Package:
December 21, 2020 Summary [NLIHC]

Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Estimated Allocations by State from Proposed Relief Bill: 
December 2020 List [NLIHC]

Moving Forward Act of 2020 (HR 2) – Housing Provisions:
August 12, 2020 Summary

Bipartisan Congressional Support for Low Income Housing Credit: 
July 31, 2020 Letter

HUD FY2021 Appropriations Bill:
July 7, 2020 Summary

CARES Act FY2020 Formula Grants – California:
June 9, 2020 Data Table

HEROES Act – Emergency Rental Assistance:
May 13, 2020 Summary [NLIHC]

CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Payments – California:
May 11, 2020 Data Table


The Partnership and other housing advocacy organizations statewide urge our Congressional delegation for bold leadership in service of the thousands of low-income Californians at risk of eviction, displacement or homelessness from the pandemic’s economic fallout.


2022-23 Investments in Housing Affordability and Homelessness
February 4, 2022 Letter to Governor [NPH and signers]

Governor’s Proposed State Budget – Housing Provisions:
January 12, 2022 Summary

CA COVID-19 Housing is Key – Rent Relief Program:
June 24, 2021 Newsletter [BCSH] – landlord/renter eligibility and application

SB 91 & the State Rental Assistance Program:
February 1, 2021 Presentation [BCSH] 

State Budget Housing & Homelessness Budget Overview: 
January 8, 2021 Presentation [BCSH]

Call for COVID-19 Break-Even Assistance for Affordable Housing Providers:
September 8, 2020 Letter to HCD  [NPH and signers]

Call for COVID-19 Assistance to Renters, Small Landlords, Affordable Housing Providers
August 10, 2020 Letter to Governor [Advocacy organizations and signers]

COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020:
September 9, 2020 Summary [HousingNow!]

State Budget May Revision 2020Commentary on the Governor’s State Budget (May Revision) from Matt Schwartz, President and CEO: 
May 15, 2020 Commentary


The Partnership is providing technical assistance to support long-term housing solutions for formerly homeless individuals and families who are being moved into hotel rooms and other short-term accommodations for coronavirus emergency response. 
HCD Homekey Website

Governor’s announcement of Project Homekey: June 2020 Announcement

“Keeping California’s Homeless Housed” Memo to the Governor’s Office by Matt Schwartz and Mark Stivers: April 2020 Memo 


Initiative with the California Housing Consortium to support low-income renters at risk of displacement due to the pandemic.

View website: Keep California Housed


Our advocacy team continues to push for policies and funding at the state level to facilitate the urgent provision of more affordable homes.

View page: Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy

Related Projects

Roadmap HOME 2030  Housing Needs Dashboard Interactive Data Tool  Affordable Housing Benefits Map Data Tool


Additional Resources

From NLIHC: Rental Assistance Database (Google doc)

From the California Department of Real Estate: AB 3088 Eviction Protection Training Materials

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