Over the past several weeks, the federal government and most states lifted their shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders and issued reopening plans with a phased approach. Some, but not all, eviction, foreclosure, and short-term rental moratoriums were lifted, and others were extended. CAI’s Government and Public Affairs team continues to track these actions, their impact on community associations, and offers COVID-19 government action resources to help communities navigate these changes.

  • Local government action summaries: The National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties created a powerful and easy-to-use legislative tracking tool that links users to COVID-19 ordinances. In addition, there is a link to local short-term rental moratoriums.
  • State government action summaries: Find information on each state’s emergency declarations, reopening guidelines, foreclosure and eviction actions, short-term rental bans, and pending state legislation
  • Federal government action summaries: Review information on the federal mortgage foreclosure and eviction actions, Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and Paycheck Protection Program loans.
  • Healthy Communities: COVID-19 & Community Associations Summary of Relevant CDC Guidelines. Examine a summary of practical advice adapted from CDC guidelines that are relevant HOAs. This guide, developed by CAI, should help board members, community managers, and business partners determine how to safely and effectively operate in a world forever changed by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Federal Legislative Action Campaigns—Call to Action

CAI is asking our members to inform their congressional representatives about issues impacting community associations during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis. To date, more than 10,000 CAI members have contacted their legislators. As Congress negotiates the next round of legislation, there are three policy issues continuing to impact CAI members. Click here to contact your member of Congress and urge them to support community associations by:

  1. Expanding financial support for community associations and owners
  2. Preserving an association’s ability to collect community association assessments
  3. Providing a safe harbor from liability for community associations if an association documents adherence to CDC and state and local guidelines for common area reopening and operations

CAI recognizes the amount of work our members dedicate to advocating on behalf of the 73.5 million Americans living and working in community associations. There are many uncertainties about the severity and impacts of this disease and resulting economic crisis. CAI remains committed to helping the people living and working in community associations navigate this unique period of risks and challenges.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to CAI’s Government and Public Affairs team at government@caionline.org. For more COVID-19 resources for community associations, visit www.caionline.org/Coronavirus.

  • Dawn Bauman, CAE

    Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs

    Executive Director, Foundation for Community Association Research

  • C. Scott Canady

    Scott Canady's 13-year record of public service includes experience gained in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    In Congress, Scott served as chief policy and political aide to a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, working to reform the National Flood Insurance Program and improve the regulation of housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    Following his time in Congress, Scott was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Scott served as a key legislative liaison with members of the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee.

    In 2009, Scott began his partnership with Community Associations Institute by launching Tambala Strategy. Through this partnership, Scott has worked with CAI's members and leadership team to advance the views of common interest communities on a variety of issues including federal condominium standards, federal disaster assistance for community associations, and community association lien priority.

    Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Louisiana State University and a Master of Public Administration from the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government.

  • Phoebe E. Neseth, Esq.

    Senior Director of Government and Public Affairs and the College of Community Association Lawyers

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