Recently, Governor Lamont has taken several actions to address housing concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including enacting Executive Order 7DDD to extend a moratorium on residential evictions until August 22, and 7EEE which authorizes DSS to distribute relief funds to an expanded list of health care institutions.
Additionally, the governor has expanded the state’s travel advisory to now include 16 states. The states of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are asking travelers from states with high COVID-19 infection rates to self-quarantine for a 14-day period.
More information on the Executive Order, the state and federal aid and the travel advisory can be found below.
Executive Order No. 7DDD enacts:
- Extended protections for residential renters affected by COVID-19: Extends the moratorium on residential evictions to August 22, and extends opportunities for residential renters to apply money from their security deposits to payment of rent.
**Download: Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7DDD
Governor Lamont Announces Assistance for Renters, Homeowners, and Residential Landlords Impacted by COVID-19 Emergency
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Lamont announced a comprehensive plan to put more than $33 million in state and federal resources to work providing emergency assistance to renters, homeowners, and residential landlords impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Elements of this plan include:
- $10 million rental assistance program for Connecticut residents impacted by COVID-19, administered through the Department of Housing, which will provide payments to landlords on behalf of approved tenant applicants, with a priority on lower-income households who have been denied unemployment insurance;
- $5 million for eviction prevention to help renters who were in the process of eviction before the declaration of the COVID-19 public health emergency;
- $10 million to provide mortgage relief to homeowners who have suffered impacts from COVID-19 and whose mortgages are not federally insured, administered by the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA);
- $4 million in rapid rehousing funds to help people pay costs like security deposits and initial rent to exit homelessness to housing, administered by the Department of Housing;
- $2.5 million rental assistance program for those who are ineligible for emergency assistance through the federal CARES Act, including those who are undocumented, administered by the Department of Housing;
- $1.8 million in funding for reentry and rehousing assistance for people exiting incarceration, administered by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness;
- Extending the residential eviction moratorium to August 25, bringing Connecticut’s measures in line with federal measures (the CARES Act prevents evictions from most properties until late summer); and
- Extending the opportunity to apply a portion of any security deposit worth more than one month’s rent toward rental payments.
More information can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/06-2020/Governor-Lamont-Announces-Assistance-for-Renters-Homeowners-and-Residential-Landlords
Travel Advisory Now Includes 16 States
Travel Advisory: Effective 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.
As of Tuesday, June 30, there are currently sixteen states that meet the criteria:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
More information can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Travel-In-or-Out-of-CT
Executive Order No. 7EEE enacts the following provisions:
- Authorization for DSS to provide funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to additional providers: Authorizes the Department of Social Services to distribute funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to other types of health care institutions in addition to nursing homes, which was previously authorized.
- Online continuing education for plumbers and electricians: Allows continuing education classes for electricians and plumbers to be conducted online.
**Download: Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7EEE
More information can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/06-2020/Governor-Lamont-Coronavirus-Update-June-30