Coronavirus Important Updates

Coronavirus Update

 

Posted: 10/21/2020

PIH FAQ Sheet Click here for more information. 

Posted: 10/6/2020

 

INFORMATION REGARDING EVICTION PROTECTIONS
On September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a Notice and Order under
Section 361of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 264) and 42 CFR § 70.2, available here.
To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Order is a temporary halt in residential evictions.
This Order is separate from the now-expired eviction moratorium in Section 4024 of the Coronavirus
Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
The Order applies to all tenants in the country (including assisted renters) who are subject to eviction
for nonpayment of rent and who submit a Declaration as described in the Order (see below).

The Order is in effect from September 4, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
Under the Order, tenants cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent, provided the tenant signs the
Declaration that is attached to the CDC Order certifying that:
1. They have used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or
housing;
2. They expect to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for Calendar Year 2020 (or no
more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), were not required to report any income in 2019
to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or received an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus
check) pursuant to Section 2201 of the CARES Act;
3. They are unable to pay their full rent or make a full housing payment due to substantial loss
of household income, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, lay-offs, or extraordinary
out-of-pocket medical expenses;
4. They are using best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full
payment as their circumstances may permit, taking into account other nondiscretionary
expenses;
5. If evicted they would likely become homeless, need to move into a homeless shelter, or need
to move into a new residence shared by other people who live in close quarters because
they have no other available housing options.
6. They understand they must still pay rent or make a housing payment and comply with other
obligations that they may have under their tenancy, lease agreement, or similar contract. The
understand that fees, penalties, or interest for not paying rent or making a housing payment
on time as required by their tenancy, lease agreement, or similar contract may still be
charged or collected; and
7. They understand that at the end of this temporary halt on evictions on December 31, 2020,
their housing provider may require payment in full for all payments not made prior to and
during the temporary halt and failure to pay may make them subject to eviction.
The Order does not relieve the tenants’ obligation to pay rent and the tenants must continue to
comply with terms under the lease. However, tenants qualifying as “Covered Persons” under the
Order cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent in violation of the lease if the CDC eviction
protections are invoked (see below).
Nothing in the Order precludes the landlords from charging or collecting fees, penalties, or interest
as a result of the tenants’ inability to pay rent on a timely basis.
Evictions unrelated to nonpayment of rent can still take place, e.g., criminal activity. Any state, local,
or territorial area with a moratorium on residential evictions that provides the same or greater level of
public-health protection can supersede the Order. Nothing in the Order affects the CARES Act
waivers or funding a PHA receives or is utilizing.
Under the Order, public housing and section 8 tenants are “Covered Persons” with eviction
protection if they complete and provide the required Declaration referenced in the Order to their PHA
or landlord. A tenant cannot be required to complete the Declaration. However, without it, tenants
will not have the CDC eviction protection.
In accordance with President Trump’s August 8, 2020, Executive Order to protect renters from
evictions, PIH has taken action to help renters avoid evictions due to financial hardships resulting
from COVID-19. PIH continues to promote and make publicly available the Eviction Prevention
and Stability Toolkit, available here. Although the toolkit was developed in response to the
CARES Act eviction moratorium expiring, several attachments in the toolkit can be referenced since
it was built on innovative practices from PHAs around the country, and existing HUD guidance.

Posted: 3/31/2020

Effective 4/1/2020, the Augusta Housing Authority will move to complete urgent and emergency work orders only (see definitions below) when it comes to terms of working inside an occupied unit. All work orders in exterior/grounds/common areas will continue as normal.

Emergency Work Orders:
An Emergency issue is one that, if not dealt with promptly, could cause injury, loss of life, threaten health or cause serious property damage. Examples of such issues are: Leaking or broken gas lines, fires,
loss of all power, broken water lines, exposed electrical lines, loose ceilings, no heat (when the outdoor temperature is below 40-degrees F), no air conditioning (in elderly housing when the outdoor temperature exceeds 80-degrees F), elderly lockouts, broken exterior door locks or other conditions that might cause harm to the resident or others or damage to property. Emergency work will be abated immediately or, if that’s not possible, within 24-hours.

Urgent Work Orders:
An Urgent issue is one that would create a major inconvenience for residents, but which is not life-threatening and will not cause serious property damage. Examples of such issues are: Sink or toilet stoppage, family lockouts, no hot water or a refrigerator not cooling. Urgent work will be completed within 48-hours.

Posted: 3/23/2020

The health and well-being of residents, staff, and visitors is a top priority for the Augusta Housing Authority. Please refer to the information and resources below to maintain your health and the health of those around you.

In the interest of public health, the Augusta Housing Authority (AHA) is closing its lobbies to the public effective immediately and until further notice.

Only those with Scheduled appointments will be seen.

AHA is open for business via phone and email. Please contact your AHA point of contact for more information.

Please use the mail slots at the offices to drop off paperwork or documentation.

We will continue to adhere to our main goal of assisting low-income families through housing. In doing this, we will be mindful of the CDC guidance in social distancing as well.

AHA Contact Information

Reid Building Administrative Offices
706-724-5466 – phaaug@augustapha.org

Section 8 Department
706-724-5466 – phaadm@augustapha.org

Public Housing Department
706-724-5466 – phamgt@augustapha.org

Modernization and Development Department
706-724-5466 – phamod@augustapha.org

Human Resources
706-724-5466 – phahr@augustapha.org

Resident Services
706-724-5466 – phares@augustapha.org

Oak Pointe Office
706-722-0001

Allen Homes Office
706-724-9704

M.M. Scott Office
706-722-0657

Olmsted Homes Office
706-733-5958

Peabody Apartments Office
706-724-0399

Ervin Towers Office
706-724-8949

Hal Powell Apartments Office
706-736-4138

Dogwood Terrace Office
706-724-8074

Jennings Homes Office
706-733-2609

Barton Village Office
706-790-5908

Overlook Apartments Office
706-790-5908