COVID Housing Security Presentation, July 23, 7:30-8:30pm Via Zoom – Columbia, MO

Mid-Missouri Legal Services (MMLS), the City of Columbia Housing Programs Division and other local partners will be providing an informational session for citizens impacted by housing instability due to the impacts of COVID-19.  With 11,773 COVID related unemployment claims through June 20, 2020 in Boone County and the moratorium on evictions ending July 25, 2020, many Columbia and Boone County households are facing housing instability and an inability to cover monthly housing costs. 

This session will highlight tenant and homeowner rights and actions households can take to protect their current housing, as well as local resources to assist with rent, mortgage and utilities. Citizens can attend virtually through the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82277754538

The Covid-19 pandemic is a time of uncertainty and great change in our work, educational, and social lives. You or someone you know may need information about your rights are if you are sick, if you have to care for a child whose school was closed, if you are told to work from home, or if you are laid off, among other questions. The following material is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice or assistance. The information below is based on current law. Legislative and executive actions at the state and federal levels could change or expand the protections and benefits discussed below. Finally, this is not an exhaustive list of information or resources. Check with your local Community Action Agency, United Way, or other social service agency for additional assistance.

ALERT: The following information will likely change. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the Administration and Congress are discussing economic stimulus legislation. CHECK BACK HERE for updates on new paid leave, benefits for families and children, unemployment benefits, and economic stimulus provisions.

Resources:

Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act – Wage and Hour Questions  https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic

Pandemic Flu and the Family and Medical Leave Act https://www.dol.gov/whd/healthcare/flu_FMLA.htm

Pandemic Preparedness and the Americans with Disabilities Act https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/pandemic_flu.html

Unemployment Benefits https://labor.mo.gov/unemployed-workers.

Utilities https://www.como.gov/utilities/ucs/

https://amwater.com/moaw/customer-service-billing/turn-service-on-off.

https://www.ameren.com/missouri/account/customer-service/payment-options/payment-assistance

Consumer Scams and Emergencies https://ago.mo.gov/app/consumercomplaint.

https://www.ameren.com/account/customer-service/stop-scammers?wt.mc_id=Scam-COV-Page

Moratorium on Foreclosures and Eviction suspended for FHA insured home loans https://www.fhfa.gov/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/FHFA-Suspends-Foreclosures-and-Evictions-for-Enterprise-Backed-Mortgages.aspx and USDA Single Family Housing Direct Loans https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

Emergency Family Medical Leave Act Expansion https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

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