Category: COVID-19

Long-Term Approaches to Preventing Evictions Now and Beyond COVID-19

As stay-at-home emergency orders and eviction moratoriums begin to sunset, one thing is clear: The Eviction Cliff feared by local leaders, renters and landlords alike has arrived. It is estimated that roughly one out of every five people living in a renter household (19 to 23 million people) are at risk of eviction by September

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Public Charge Rule No Longer in Effect Until the End of COVID-19

A federal district court has ruled that as long as there is a declared national health emergency related to COVID-19, the public charge rule may not go into effect. Immigrants who are deemed a “public charge” are ineligible to receive green cards/lawful permanent resident status. The most recent definition of public charge, adopted in 1999,

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Pittsburgh Keeps Social Ties Active Amid COVID-19

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, is home to the city of  Pittsburgh  and 1.2 million people—16.8 percent of whom are age 65 or older. Nearly half of the county’s residents age 75 or older live alone.   The county and city each joined the  AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities  in 2015. This initiative, called  Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh,  is

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LA’s Innovative Steps to Fight COVID

From protecting the unsheltered to launching a pre-paid card to give Angelenos life-saving access to funds, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti moved quickly to ensure his administration could help those knocked down by the pandemic and most vulnerable to the economic and social impact of COVID.   Los Angeles has been on a roller coaster against

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How Seattle Helps Residents Stay Home and Stay Safe During COVID-19

With about 750,000 residents,  Seattle, Washington, is the largest city in Washington state and makes up almost half the population of  King County. In February, the Seattle area became the first epicenter of COVID-19 cases in the United States.  The city joined the  AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities  in 2016. The region’s age-friendly

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Local Governments Report Progress on Coronavirus Relief Funds, But Few Unobligated Dollars Remain for Cities and Towns Waiting for Aid

70 percent of relief funds have already been obligated, only 10 percent to local governments, leaving small communities behind. Despite recent assertions to the contrary, information provided by the Treasury Department coupled with the latest data from national organizations representing state and local governments show that an overwhelming majority of CARES Act funds allocated for

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Learn How New Bedford Expands Delivery of Meals to Residents During COVID-19

A coastal city located 60 miles south of Boston,  New Bedford, Massachusetts, was world-famous in the 19th century for the fleets of whaling ships sailing out of its port. It is home to about 95,000 people, 15 percent of whom are age 65 or older.  New Bedford joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities 

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Homelessness, Health, and At-Risk Populations During COVID-19

The post is a part of the Housing is Health series which aims to foster dialogue that considers health across housing-related policy areas, centered around health equity, and highlights best practices and lessons learned by cities and for cities.   The link between homelessness and health is not always addressed intentionally. We know that the

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How Albuquerque Showed Resilience to COVID-19

Mayor Tim Keller was ready to admit the privilege his own family had when the novel coronavirus hit his hometown, Albuquerque. In his own words, “We have luxuries that not everyone has; like Liz can work from home and we have lots of support for our kids. This has driven us to build a stronger safety

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America’s Mayors Respond to the Lack of Local Aid in Senate Relief Package

Less than 24 hours after the Senate released the HEALS Act, the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors hosted a joint virtual press conference with mayors from across the country to share their ongoing reality in the wake of  the draft coronavirus relief package, which included no direct aid for state

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