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Eviction Prevention

On September 1, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued an Agency Order to temporarily halt residential evictions. [federalregister.gov/d/2020-19654]The order is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2020, and contains eligibility information. The following guidance is taken from the Federal Register and is not a substitute for legal advice.

The declaration linked here is for tenants, lessees, or residents of residential properties to submit to your landlordsThe declaration is for those who are covered by the CDC’s order temporarily halting residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. To invoke the CDC’s order these persons must provide an executed copy of the Declaration form (or a similar declaration under penalty of perjury) to their landlord, owner of the residential property where they live, or other person who has a right to have them evicted or removed from where they live. Each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract should likewise complete and provide a declaration. Unless the CDC order is extended, changed, or ended, the order prevents these persons from being evicted or removed from where they are living through December 31, 2020. These persons are still required to pay rent and follow all the other terms of their lease and rules of the place where they live. These persons may also still be evicted for reasons other than not paying rent or making a housing payment.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took unprecedented action on September 1 by issuing a temporary national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Citing the historic threat to public health posed by coronavirus, the CDC declared that an eviction moratorium would help ensure people are able to practice social distancing and comply with stay-at-home orders. The moratorium takes effect September 4 and will last until December 31, covering tens of millions of renters at risk of eviction.

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Shelter House is administering the City of Iowa City’s Eviction Prevention Program. The City created the program to help income-eligible residents who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who have not been able to access the State of Iowa’s funding. To ensure resources go as far as possible to help as many individuals and families as possible, please first check your eligibility for state finds.

Step 1: Review the eligibility requirements for funding through IFA at here. The State program covers rent or mortgage only. If you are not eligible to receive those funds; the

Step 2: Please call or email Gina Woolsey, Shelter House, at gina.woolsey@shelterhouseiowa.org or (319) 351-0326. Note that the City program covers rent and utilities only.

We are working through these as quickly as possible and in the order they are received. An online form will be available here soon.