MD DHCD: Community Services Connection Newsletter - COVID-19 Resources and Updates

COVID-19 Resources and Updates

DHCD will continue to update its COVID-19 resource page that can be found here. 

Resources from Maryland Nonprofits

Maryland Nonprofits has curated resources for nonprofits to address the impact of COVID-19. They have also shared an information sheet from the Department of Labor regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act paid sick leave and expanded family medical leave. For information on how the CARES Act impacts nonprofits, please read this analysis of the CARES Act

Support for Residents and Families

Utility Shut Off Moratorium Information and Resources for People in Need of Utility Assistance

An Informational ALERT from the Office of People's Counsel has been released in response to COVID-19. This alert addresses how the Governor's Executive Order impacts your clients' utility services.

Stimulus Funds for Individuals and Families 

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service has compiled an FAQ regarding stimulus funds as part of the CARES Act for individuals and families. 

National and Federal Resources 

Guidance from the Administration for Children and Families

Earlier this week, the Administration for Children and Families released Information Memorandum IM-ACF-OA-2020-01 concerning grant flexibilities in conducting human service activities related to or affected by COVID-19. This memorandum provides short-term relief for administrative, financial management, and audit requirements, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 

Operational Guide from HUD

HUD has released a consolidated Covid-19 response Operational Guide encompassing HUD and CDC guidance for providers into one comprehensive document in response to provider requests.

National Housing Law Project's Analysis of Federal CARES Act Eviction Moratorium

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) includes important, immediate protections for tenants and homeowners. A summary of the federal eviction moratorium for tenants living in certain types of housing can be found here. NHLP is working on a separate analysis regarding the provisions for homeowners.

NLIHC CARES Act Funding Guidance for Housing and Community Service Providers

A CARES Act webinar, hosted by NLIHC and featuring Sen. Reed (D-RI), Rep. Waters (D-CA), NAEH, NLCHP, NHLP, Oxfam, offered critical information about how funding streams like FEMA, ESG, and CDBG can be programmatically woven together to simultaneously address the COVID crisis and the longer-term housing affordability challenges. The recording is here and slides here

CAPLAW Guidance on Claiming Tax Credits for CAAs

CAPLAW has released information from the IRS providing guidance on claiming tax credits for paid leave. CAAs should read this FAQ closely and work with their finance departments and tax advisors to ensure they are able to take full advantage of the tax credits.

Community Action Partnership Policy Resources for CAAs

The Partnership has created two documents that summarize the bills Congress has passed in response to the pandemic and how the new laws will affect the Community Action Network. The First Summary covers funding for and changes to Community Services provided by CAAs. The Second Summary outlines new provisions that will affect nonprofits as employers. 

Other Resources and Information

Implication of the March 30th Stay at Home Order by Governor Hogan to People Experiencing Homelessness

Please note that Section VI of the Stay at Home Order clarifies that the order does not apply to persons experiencing homelessness or persons who leave home because their home has become unsafe due to domestic violence.  Providers of shelter and domestic violence services are strongly encouraged to continue making housing and services available in alignment with guidelines for social distancing and disease prevention, to help keep community members safe.  People traveling to work or volunteer at nonprofits and other entities providing these types of essential services are also excluded from the Stay at Home order.

Resources for Planning and Responding to the Service Needs of People with Substance Addiction and Mental Health Conditions

Agencies serving populations with needs such as chronic mental health conditions and addictions may see the Covid- 19 crisis impact their staff wellbeing and morale at the same time as stressors on clients, families, and communities drive need higher. Providers are encouraged to think about ways to increase care and connection and attend to the emotional health and morale of services staff as well as service recipients. Additional information can be found here

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