Federal agencies launch COVID-19 housing assistance website

by Patrick Kearns |Staff Writer

A trio of government agencies launched today a new housing assistance portal to provide homeowners and renters with the most accurate and update information related to the COVID-19 emergency.

The joint website — launched by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD) — consolidates all of the relief and protections spelled out by the CARES Act.

The 880-page CARES Act included various protections for tenants, multi-family property owners, mortgage payments and forbearance, as well as foreclosure moratoriums and credit protections.

“During these uncertain times, consumers need reliable, fair, and accurate information on the protections and relief options available to them,” CFPB Director Kathleen Kraninger, said in a statement. “This joint website achieves this important goal for homeowners and renters, outlining clearly the changes that policymakers are making to assist them.”