Tag: 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Public Charge Rule No Longer in Effect Until the End of COVID-19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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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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University Towns Face Economic Crisis and COVID-19 Head On

On Monday, July 20, the National League of Cities University Communities Council, along with the International City/County Management Association and the International Town & Gown Association, hosted a virtual briefing with city leaders from college towns across the nation to share their community’s challenges and concerns brought on by COVID-19. Cities, towns and boroughs are

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Navigating Preemption during COVID: Four Steps Cities Can Take to Increase Affordable Housing

Since March, the landscape of housing stability has changed drastically for many residents because of the novel coronavirus. More than 44 million residents have filed for unemployment, 20 million residents are still out of work, 20 million renters are at risk of evictions, and the nation has entered into an economic recession. Inequities in housing,

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The Big Costs of Infrastructure Cutbacks

The budgetary impact of the COVID pandemic is hitting the city of Fargo, ND hard. Last month, the city cut nearly $10 million, including $7 million from capital improvement projects. Such projects included investment in “street, flood control, pavement preservation, and sidewalk projects” which are core building blocks in the city’s transportation and disaster resiliency systems.  

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Local Transportation Wins in House Moving Forward Act

The Rebuild With Us campaign called on Congress to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package, and on July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2). This is the first installment in a local leader blog series from NLC’s Federal Advocacy committee chairs that will showcase wins for cities, towns and villages as we

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Cities Must Continue to Lead with Urgency

When I was officially elected President of the National League of Cities at City Summit in November, I spoke to you and my fellow local leaders about my presidential platform: Leading with Urgency. The foundation for my vision for cities, towns and villages this year was meant to drive our communities forward on key areas, including infrastructure, housing instability, and partnerships between levels of government. 

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From COVID-19 to Protest: Local Leaders Commit to Dismantling Racist Policies

With over 2.3 million cases and 120,000 deaths, the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact every state and community across this country. These are unprecedented times. A group of local leaders through the National League of Cities Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council raised their voices among their peers that it is important to Prioritize Equity

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Cities are Making Unavoidable Cuts in Response to COVID-19 Fiscal Pressures

New survey data from over 1,100 municipalities across the country shows that the national economic recovery is at even greater risk of stalling if Congress fails to provide direct federal aid to America’s cities, towns and villages. The survey, which focuses on local spending cuts and service adjustments, found that 65% of cities are being

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