Rental assistance is available to help renters and landlords
If you’re a renter having trouble paying your rent, utilities, or other housing costs – or if you’re a landlord trying to stay afloat with tenants in this situation – help may be available. State and local programs are distributing billions of dollars in rental assistance to help renters stay housed during the pandemic. Visit the CFPB’s Rental Assistance Finder to find out what this means for you and what you can do.  The CFPB’s site also includes resources to help renters and landlords understand other resources to help navigate various financial hardships related to the pandemic.

COVID-19 Assistance Available to Individuals

While the various coronavirus relief aid packages enacted by Congress each contain relief and recovery funds and programs designed to be administered by Tribal Nations, there are also a variety of assistance programs administered by the federal and state governments available to our citizens on an individual basis. We know that many USET SPF Member Tribal Nations seek to assist their citizens in identifying and navigating all available benefits and relief. With this in mind, USET SPF provides a summary (updated 8/5/21) of currently available COVID-19 relief and recovery resources for individuals and families. We will offer periodic updates to this list as further information becomes available.

General Resources

  • Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development: recordings and resources from the “Navigating the American Rescue Plan Act” webinar series.
  • CDC 8/27: As many students are returning to in-person learning this fall, CDC is recommending that schools take several steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These safety measures include consistent and correct mask use, physical distancing, and promoting vaccination. Another critical step to help keep schools open is regular COVID-19 testing at school for students, teachers, and staff members.
    School-based COVID-19 testing programs help keep children in school. Additionally, these programs protect the health of students, families, educators, and the community—especially those who are not fully vaccinated or are otherwise at risk of severe illness from COVID-19—and most importantly, serve as an early warning system to help stop an outbreak before it starts.
    To help support a regular testing program, CDC has developed a suite of free resources for you to use, including social media content, flyers, posters, customizable letters, and FAQs.
  • NIHB 8/19: The National Indian Health Board created a response plan template as a resource for Tribes, Pueblos, and Nations to use in developing COVID-19 or other outbreak response plans or in cross-walking with existing plans. In recognition of Tribal sovereignty and self-governance, the response template acknowledges that Tribes, Pueblos, and Nations may differ in respect to their approaches to COVID-19-related mitigation and response. Therefore, this document serves as a starting or reference point for Tribal nations to review and determine what content may be relevant to their unique circumstances.
  • Administration for Community Living: Resources for Individuals with Long COVID
  • HRSA 7/1: The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal is now open. All recipients of PRF payments must comply with the reporting requirements described in the Terms and Conditions. Providers who are required to report during Reporting Period 1 have until September 30, 2021 to enter the Portal and submit their information.
  • White House 6/16: Child Tax Credit Awareness Day is Monday, June 21

USET Tribal Epidemiology Center Recommendations for Tribal Consideration

USET/USET SPF COVID-19 Tip of the Day

Behavioral Health Resources

Resources for Tribal Administrators, Managers, and Teleworkers

Archived Resources

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