The response and recovery from COVID-19 will be the largest relief assistance program in American history by far and will take a whole-of-America partnership, every step of the way.
We are working with federal partners to ensure that the economic needs of American families, workers, and small businesses are addressed.
Below are some of the efforts that have been announced to support people experiencing economic hardship during this crisis.
President Donald J. Trump signed the CARES Act to provide relief to American families, workers, and the heroic healthcare workers on the frontline of this outbreak.
Learn what types of assistance are included in the CARES Act from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
- We extended the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days.
- We are suspending rent payment through July for disaster survivors living in FEMA-purchased temporary housing units in California, Florida, North Carolina and Texas.
- We are providing additional COVID-19 funding opportunities to state, local, tribal and territorial partners through our Emergency Management Performance, Assistance to Firefighters and Emergency Food and Shelter grant programs under the CARES Act.
- The CARES Act provides an additional $45 billion to our Disaster Relief Fund, more than doubling the amount available to support the President’s Emergency and Disaster Declarations.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the new $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to support farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of the food supply chain, and ensure access to food for every American.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is distributing $100 billion in relief funding included in the CARES Act to healthcare providers.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing low-interest disaster loans for small businesses and a variety of other funding options through the CARES Act.
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing CARES Act flexibilities, including mortgage payment relief for homeowners, temporary suspensions of evictions for missed rent payments and options for Community Development Block Grant recipients.
- The U.S. Department of Education announced all borrowers with federally held student loans will have zero interest rates for at least 60 days.
- The U.S. Department of Labor has allocated up to $100 million for Dislocated Worker Grants to help address the workforce-related impacts related to COVID-19.
- Many telecommunication companies are working with the Federal Communications Commission to “Keep Americans Connected” to their broadband or telephone access during the COVID-19 response.
Find a full list of the government response to COVID-19 at USA.gov.
Frequently Asked Questions
See more answers to frequently asked questions at coronavirus.gov.
Can small businesses get low interest loans when they are closed due to COVID-19?
The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that small business owners can apply for a low-interest disaster loan due to COVID-19.
Last updated: 3/29/20 | Source: FEMA
I have lost my job and I am unemployed because of the coronavirus. How can I get help?
Because states have varying unemployment and social service programs that may help those who are facing unemployment situations, we recommend checking with your state first.
For the latest information on financial help visit coronavirus.gov.
Last updated: 4/11/20 | Source: FEMA, Treasury