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Please find below information and resources regarding COVID-19, Town of Union Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program policies and temporary program flexibilities, and resources related to COVID-19, evictions, and health and safety during this time.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Union Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is implementing a number of flexibilities in regard to its operational procedures and policies, (including but not limited to annual recertification, inspections, vouchers, and interim changes), per Notice PIH 2020-05 issued by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on April 10, 2020 & Notice PIH 2020-13 issued July 2, 2020. Please find information regarding these waivers at the following link: Town of Union Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Waivers & Alternative Requirements
Information and Resources for Tenants during COVID-19 (including information on preventing evictions due to non-payment, COVID-19 Information & Safety Concerns, Protections for Domestic & Sexual Violence, and Services & Resources)
The New York Fed has put together a resource center where individuals, businesses, and non-profits can find out what's available in terms of assistance at the federal, state, and city level: New York Fed Coronavirus Resource Center
Resources for those facing domestic violence and/or mental health issues during COVID-19:
1. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages at 1-800-799-7233; all calls are toll-free and confidential. Those who need help but are unable to speak safely can text LOVEIS to 22522 or chat online: https://www.thehotline.org/what-is-live-chat.
2. When someone calls 1-800-656-HOPE, they are connected with a Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) support specialist or a local center from RAINN’s network of more than 1,000 sexual assault service providers throughout the country. Those in need may also chat one-on-one with at trained specialist anytime online: https://hotline.rainn.org/online.
3. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7 national hotline to provide immediate crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all U.S. residents by calling 1-800-985-5990 or texting TalkWithUs to 66746.
The Town of Union office building is closed to the public until further notice. Please contact the appropriate staff person below via phone or email with your questions or concerns or if you require special accomodations regarding informational brochures and resources listed above.
Mary Lou Fahs
New Admissions, Waiting List inquiries, portability inquiries, applications
Annual recertification, interim changes (including changes in income and moves)
Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspections