COVID-19 RESOURCES

FEDERAL NEWS/RESOURCES



As the situation related to the spread of COVID-19 continues to
change on a daily and even sometimes hourly basis, UCCI is gathering the latest information provided by federal agencies, and will continue to update information and resources as they become available.

  

FEDERAL RESOURCES

LATEST NEWS & INFORMATION ... CORONAVIRUS STATE & LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY FUNDS 

February 21, 2023 - Reopening of US Dept of Treasury's ARPA Contact Center 
Update from the National Association of Counties (NACo) - T
he U.S. Department of Treasury's Contact Center for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) reopened on February 21. The Contact Center closed last year due to an administrative funding shortfall, which impacted Treasury's ability to provide technical assistance and support to counties that received State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Funds (LATCF), Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) funds and more. However, late last year Congress provided additional resources for the Office of Recovery Programs in the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2023 as part of the Cornyn/Padilla amendment – NACo worked with both Congress and Treasury to ensure the inclusion of this critical amendment.

As a result, Treasury can reopen the Contact Center to better support counties by answering their phone and email inquiries. Counties can reach out to the Contact Center for questions related to recovery programs beginning Tuesday, February 21st:

•    State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: SLFRF@treasury.gov or call (844) 529-9527

•    Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency: LATCF@treasury.gov or call (844) 529-9527

•    Emergency Rental Assistance program: EmergencyRentalAssistance@treasury.gov or 877-398-5861

•    Homeowners Assistance Fund: For states and territories: HAF@treasury.gov;
     for tribes: HAF_Tribal@treasury.gov: or 877-398-5861


American Rescue Plan spending guidelines from the U.S. Treasury website are available here.  

The National Association of Counties (NACo) section below provides more resources and information.


FEMA also has a rumor control page dedicated to COVID-19 here.
Your help combating disinformation campaigns is appreciated.
Dept of Homeland Security CISA Insight COVID-19 Disinformation Activity May 2020


NEWS & INFORMATION

January 2021

  • The U.S. Treasury releases information for the new $25 billion emergency rental assistance program authorized under the year-end COVID-19 relief and omnibus spending package. Under the legislation, counties with populations above 200,000 residents are eligible to receive direct payments from the U.S. Treasury. Other counties may received an allocation from their state, similar to original CRF program under the CARES Act.

    More information is available on this new program at the U.S. Treasury rental assistance webpage

    The following links have been provided by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for further assistance:
    ~ Grantee Award Terms
    ~ List of Eligible Local Governments
    ~ Copy of NACo RAF

    This link will take eligible recipients to the submission process for receiving funds. The deadline to submit is January 12, 2020. 

December 9, 2020 

  • Bipartisan Emergency COVID Relief Act of 2020. Section by section framework summary released by the Senate and House for a $908 billion COVID aid package.

October 20, 2020

  • The U.S. Treasury released updated guidance on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). (Updates highlighted in yellow)

    The updated guidance includes the following: 

    • Clarification on using CRF dollars for public university student refunds (tuition, room and board, meal plans, etc.)
    • Clarification on using CRF dollars for real property acquisition and improvements and to purchase equipment (i.e. vehicles) to address COVID-19 impacts
    • Clarification on whether small businesses can receive CRF dollars if that business has already received aid from PPP or EIDL grants or loans due to COVID-19
    • Revisions on counties using CRF dollars towards the non-federal matching requirements under the Stafford Act
    • Revisions on counties using CRF dollars associated with the safe reopening of schools

October 7, 2020

September 3, 2020

August 24, 2020

  • U.S. Treasury on CRF releases new interim report of costs by category incurred by state and local CRF recipients through June 30, 2020. Earlier released Treasury report, in comparison, only showed the total amount of funds incurred by CRF recipients. 

April 16, 2020

March 28, 2020

March 27, 2020

March 26, 2020

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary announces one-year extension of REAL ID enforcement deadline.  Read News Release (3-26-20)

March 24, 2020 

  • U.S. Department of Labor publishes guidance explaining paid sick leave and expands on family and medical leave under 'The Families First Coronavirus Response Act'.  Read News Release (3-24-20)
  • FEMA issues updated information on the federal response efforts, including support for delivery of critical goods and services, community based testing sites (CBTS), ventilator guidance, Defense Production Act, disinformation and rumor control, 'How to Help' for volunteers and the private sector, and information on the Strategic National Stockpile.  Read 'FEMA COVID-19 Advisory (3-24-20)

March 19, 2020

March 18, 2020

March 17, 2020

  • National Association of Counties (NACo) briefings for local leaders on COVID-19
      March 17 Quick Summary of NACo Conference Call Briefing (New Mexico Counties)

March 16, 2020

March 14, 2020

  • U.S. House of Representatives Passes HR6201, 'Families First Coronavirus Response Act'- Final Adopted Version HERE.

March 12, 2020