HUD Unveils $472M for Coronavirus Relief

Ben Carson, Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Image courtesy of HUD

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a new round of CARES Act funding to help keep low-income families housed during the coronavirus crisis. The $472 million in emergency funding can be used by public housing authorities across the country to assist families through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Mainstream voucher programs.

The move adds to a raft of government relief measures designed to stave off a housing disaster for multifamily renters and landlords as tens of millions of Americans remain unemployed. HUD has unveiled a series of CARES Act funding rounds since the more than $2 trillion bill was signed into law on March 27.

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement that the new allocation of funds

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Jacksonville readies $5.3 million relief for ‘sleeping giant’ of eviction and foreclosure

Duval County residents and small-business owners facing the threat of eviction or foreclosure because of lost income and paychecks during the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to apply for help from a $5.3 million program being launched by the city of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Bar Association.

a large statue in front of a building: Jacksonville's City Hall.

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Jacksonville’s City Hall.

The money will help confront the building financial pressure on people who have lost income during the pandemic and fell behind on paying rent, which United Way of Northeast Florida administrator Jeff Winkler has called a “one of the sleeping giants of 2021 we’re going to have to face.”


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Jacksonville City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to create the new program for preventing evictions and foreclosures by using money from the federal CARES Act aimed at helping communities during the pandemic.

The Jacksonville Bar Association brought the concept to Mayor Lenny Curry’s staff after learning about 

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Without Rent Relief, Landlord-Tenant Communication Is Key

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On September 4, an eviction moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) took effect, with the goal of protecting public health. However, an eviction moratorium in any form does not address mounting renter debt or landlord expenses, and in isolation, it can place undue pressure on the landlord and tenant relationship, which is historically seen as contentious. What is needed, and what has been proposed by many advocates for renters and landlords, is a comprehensive plan that includes rent relief with eviction and foreclosure moratoriums.

An eviction ban without rent relief puts the responsibility of covering missed rent payments solely on the landlord or property manager. There is no doubt renters have been disproportionately impacted by unemployment and financial hardship, and an eviction ban does nothing to address

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Military Contractor Wants Suit Over Hurricane Relief Tossed

Law360 (October 20, 2020, 10:21 PM EDT) — Military contractor AECOM has asked a Louisiana federal court to throw out a whistleblower suit accusing it of receiving too much funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconstruct educational institutions hit by 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, arguing the government hasn’t proved AECOM’s actions were fraudulent or violated the False Claims Act.

The motion to dismiss the case was filed Monday, the same day the Louisiana Department of Education, which the government added to the suit in July and accused of mispresenting the extent of the hurricane damage to some of its buildings, pushed to have claims against it dropped, too….

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A Brief Overview on Property Tax Reduction and Property Tax Relief

Property tax reduction:

According to a survey, over 60% of property owners are over assessed by the city taxation authorities. The most shocking fact is to know that less than 2% of the property owners requested re-assessment and still 58% of the owners are paying tax on their over-assessed property. People may feel surprised to know that 70% of owners win their case and enjoy the reduced property taxes. Therefore, it is important for the house owners to scrutinize their annual property levy assessment.

Have you ever think that your property is over-assessed? If yes, then carry out the research. Contact your taxation authority to know your property tax assessment. However, if the owners find their property is over scrutinized and become successful in collecting the strong evidence, they can save $200-$3000 dollars about every year. However, the savings value may vary depending on number of factors such as your … Read More