State and Local Model Policies and Resources

Map of State Eviction Moratoria 

These maps are prepared by Rachel Blake of Regional Housing Legal Services in consultation with Emily Benfer of Columbia Law School; Columbia public health students Marissa Yochelson Long and Janki Tailor; and NHLP staff.  The maps are generated using data from the eviction moratoria spreadsheet managed by Benfer and students of Columbia Law School, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and University of Pennsylvania Law School.  To better understand the steps states have taken to prevent homelessness during and after the pandemic, the Eviction Lab and Columbia Law School’s Professor Emily Benfer developed a policy scorecard for each state.

Model State Moratorium

This is NHLP’s model moratorium to stop all five phases of the eviction process, with provisions on late charges, landlord access to premises, and payment plans.  Coronavirus Eviction Moratoria: Considerations and Best Practices is an NHLP analysis for federal, state, and local eviction moratoria.

Model State Legislation: Safe at Home Act

Model legislative text implementing many of the policies described in Safe at Home: Non-Monetary Relief for Tenants During the COVID Emergency (January 14, 2021)

Emergency Rental Assistance Recommendations

This NHLP resource highlights principles for emergency rental assistance administration at the federal, state, and local levels.  It also contains federal policy recommendations to address short and longer term emergency rental assistance needs under the Emergency Solutions Grants program, emergency vouchers, and the HOME Investment Partnerships program.  (June 9, 2020)