COVID-19 Housing
Policy Scorecard

INTRODUCTION

Safe, stable, and decent housing has always been central to ensuring health and stability. Today, with the United States focused on containing the COVID-19 pandemic, the broader and longstanding issue of income and housing insecurity has quickly become paramount to the health of an entire nation.

As a stopgap measure, state and local governments, as well as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), have issued partial emergency eviction and foreclosure moratoriums to prevent families and individuals from losing their homes during the COVID-19 outbreak. These emergency measures vary greatly in form and degree of protection. While some of the moratoriums block evictions today, the vast majority still allow for widespread eviction as soon as state and federal emergency declarations expire.

To prevent the deleterious health consequences of eviction and an escalating economic crisis, states are beginning to pursue strategies to ensure safe, decent, and stable housing during and after the pandemic.

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 have developed a policy scorecard for each state, distilling the contents of thousands of newly-released emergency orders, declarations, and legislation into a clear set of critical measures included in, and left out of, state-level pandemic responses related to eviction and housing.

Scroll down to see the scorecard, or view the scoring methodology, learn about our partners, get resources, and more.

Scroll right within table to see ratings.

List of states, sortable by state name, renting population, and ranking. Sorted by ranking, descending. Not filtered. Panes for each state can be toggled open for additional details. A link to a full report is also provided for each state.
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Methodology, Partners & Resources

  • Our scoring methodology can be found here.
  • We are grateful to the many experts who contributed advice and research assistance to the scorecard. A list of contributing partners can be found here.
  • To find community organizations focused on housing and eviction in your community, visit JustShelter.org.
  • For local emergency ordinances, please consult our policy tracker.

Legal Disclaimer

This website is intended to provide general information about emergency policies and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult an attorney barred in your state for advice about a specific legal matter. A list of legal aid resources is available at justshelter.org.