TEMPORARY HALT IN RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS TO PREVENT THE FURTHER SPREAD OF COVID-19
Yesterday, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a nationwide order halting evictions through December 31, 2020. The order covers 43 million U.S. residential renters if they meet income and other eligibility requirements.
The CDC’s action follows President Trump’s Executive Order of August 8, 2020. The order directed the CDC to evaluate whether temporarily halting evictions for failure to pay rent would be reasonably necessary to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. In its Order issued yesterday, the CDC concluded that such a temporary ban on evictions would be an effective measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Who is Covered Under the Eviction Moratorium
The CDC’s order is more expansive than the eviction moratorium that was included in the CARES Act. The CARES Act covered about 12.3 million renters in apartments and single-family homes that were financed by federally-backed mortgages. The CDC eviction moratorium applies regardless of how a rental property is financed.
To qualify for the protection, a renter must provide a written certification covering several requirements.
First, the individual must certify that they have used “best efforts” to obtain available government assistance for rent or housing.
Second, they must certify one of three things related to their income:
- That the individual expects to earn no more than $99,000 in 2020, or $198,000 if filing a joint tax return; or
- That they were not required to report any income to the IRS in 2019; or
- That they received a stimulus check (Economic Impact Payment) under the CARES Act.
Third, they must certify that they are unable to pay the full rent due to a “substantial loss of household income, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, a lay-off, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses.”
Fourth, they must use “best efforts” to make partial payments on time that are “as close to the full payment as the individual’s circumstances may permit, taking into account other non-discretionary expenses.”
Finally, renters must certify that an eviction would likely “render the individual homeless, or force the individual to move into and live in close quarters in a new congregate or share living setting, because the individual has no other available housing options.”
Renters can find the written certification form at the end of the CDC’s order. The declaration must be signed and is subject to the penalties of perjury.
Who Is Not Covered by the Eviction Moratorium
In addition to the above requirements, the order does not apply in those areas that already have a moratorium on residential evictions. Specifically, it does not apply to any state, local, territorial or tribal area that has an eviction moratorium that “provides the same or greater level of public-health protection than the requirements” in the CDC’s order.
Renters Still Owe Rent
The order does not relieve renters of the obligation to pay rent. In addition, the order does not prevent landlords from charging or collecting fees, penalties, or interest as a result of a tenant’s failure to pay rent on time.
In addition, the order does not preclude evictions for any one of the following reasons:
- Criminal activity on the premises;
- Threatening the health or safety of other tenants;
- Damaging or posing an immediate and significant risk of damage to the property;
- Violating building codes or health ordinances related to health and safety; or
- Violating any of the terms of the rental agreement other than the timely payment of rent.
At the end of the CDC eviction moratorium, which expires December 31, 2020, tenants will owe any unpaid rent. This creates another risk as unpaid financial obligations grow for many who may not be able to pay the rent when the moratorium ends.
Rental Assistance and Landlords
The eviction moratorium raises concerns for landlords who need to continue to pay mortgages and other expenses related to rental properties.
The CDC’s order describes the available federal assistance made available to tenants. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development informed the CDC that entities who received Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under the CARES Act may use these funds to provide temporary rental assistance.
CDC Order: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19
Presidential Order: Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners
Attention BMSD residents, there's a new BMSD residential collection schedule. View your area. Questions, call 311.
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is the governing body of the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD), and provides municipal services for the area, including business and housing development, library and park facilities, roadway maintenance, street enhancements, and zoning and code enforcement. Innovative opportunities to increase household incomes, develop economic stability and improve quality of life for residents within the Broward Municipal Services District are priorities for the Board of County Commissioners. The County continues to implement programs and services that will help to strengthen neighborhoods in the community, for today and for the future.
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2020 Parks Master Plan Public Input Meetings
Broward County Parks and Recreation Division will be holding meetings in early March for the public's opportunity to provide suggestions, voice concerns, and ask questions about recreational needs in the Broward County park system. Parks will hold one meeting at Roosevelt Gardens Park on Thursday, March 5th, at 7:00PM. This is open to all ages and free to attend and participate. Attendence information...
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Spring Egg Hunt, Sunview Park
Broward County Parks will host a Spring Egg Hunt at Sunview Park on Saturday, March 28th, from 11AM to 3PM, for all ages. Activities will include an egg hunt, food, bounce house, face painting, games, and pictures with Buddy the Bunny.
Sunview Park | 1500 SW 42nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317 | March 28, 11AM-3PM
For more information, contact the Park staff at 954-357-6520.
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Flooding & Flood Risks: Your property may have been added to a flood zone - Undergoing a Map Change
On December 31, 2019, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued preliminary flood maps for Broward County. It is expected the preliminary flood maps will become effective in late 2021. Your flood risk may change along with your flood insurance purchase requirements when these new flood maps take effect. If your property has been mapped out of a high-risk area, your flood insurance costs will likely decrease. If you’ve been mapped into a high-risk area, you will likely be required to purchase flood insurance if your mortgage is through a federally regulated or insured lender.
Your property may have been mapped into the flood zone by FEMA. Homeowners and businesses are encouraged to view FEMA’s flood maps online by using the interactive map tool.
Flood Zone Map, Proposed New Flood Maps
Broward County and local municipalities are not involved in any way with administering or providing flood insurance. However, FEMA offers a cost saving option, known as the Preferred Risk Policy Extension for properties that were not previously in a flood zone and are being added to a flood zone under the new maps. To determine if you are eligible for FEMA’s Preferred Risk Policy Extension Program it is important that you contact a flood insurance seller prior to the effective date of the new maps. For more information on flood insurance you can visit the National Flood Insurance Program website at https://www.floodsmart.gov, or contact your flood insurance agent. You can also attend one of the Open Houses to be held by FEMA on February 3, 2020 and February 6, 2020 (see below for time and locations of FEMA Open Houses).
FEMA Flood Risk Open House for Broward County Residents
Join us at one of the Flood Risk Open Houses in February to learn about FEMA's preliminary flood maps and learn how they may affect your property.
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Charles F. Dodge City Center, Mezzanine
601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025
Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Emma Lou Olsen Center Auditorium
1801 N.E. 6th Street Pompano, FL 33060
Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Anne Kolb Nature Center, Mangrove Hall
751 Sheridan Street Hollywood, FL 33019
Please see our Public Flood Risk Open House Facebook event and tell your neighbors.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards Five Communities the 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize
November 12, 2019
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today announced the five communities chosen to receive the 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The Prize honors and elevates communities at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all. The 2019 Prize winners are: Broward County, Fla.; Gonzales, Calif.; Greenville County, S.C.; Lake County, Colo.; and Sitka, Alaska.
Broward County, Florida: Known as “Collaboration County,” Broward County, Florida—comprised of 31 municipalities—weaves diverse partnerships into their journey toward better health. The commitment to racial equity trainings by health and social service agencies creates a common language around institutional and systemic racism, while school-based equity liaisons ensure students have an opportunity to succeed. Recent voter-approved initiatives expand affordable housing and guarantee $350 million annually for 30 years to improve transportation. Historically excluded populations participate in decision-making thorough initiatives such as the Race Equity in Child Welfare Taskforce and Healthy Community Zones. Through large scale health and economic programs such as Test and Treat for HIV, School Based Dental Sealant, Step Up, and Broward UP, Broward County is addressing the social determinants of health to enable residents to live their healthiest lives.
New Wayfinding Signs Coming to the Broward Municipal Services District
As part of the NW 27th Avenue Safe Streets Project, wayfinding signs will soon be installed in the Central County Broward Municipal Services District. The new signage will make it easier for residents and visitors to find key destinations in Central County. All wayfinding signs will be installed on decorative poles consistent with design elements of the NW 27th Avenue Safe Streets Project. Approximately $62,000 has been allocated for this initiative.
Arrived: Sunview Park Little Libraries
The Little Library Project
It’s called the Little Library. It’s the hottest thing in libraries that is catching on like wildfire all across the country. It is a community based, engagement project with a goal of sparking greater interest in reading and bringing neighbors closer to neighbors. Broward County Academy alumni came together in 2019 to survey Broadview Park residents to better understand the “flavor” of the neighborhood in order to create a Little Library that truly represented their community. They also engaged with the Neighborhood Civic Association and nearby Meadowbrook Elementary School, to better understand the history and uniqueness of Broadview Park. Some themes developed: diversity, community, and yes, butterflies which frequent the park.
Through the design process, artist Batia Lowenberg steered the students through a creative process that would bring the project to life. To bring a sense for the generational commitment to encourage all age groups to learn to read, the group decided that the project will have a Little Library for adults and another for children. A book drive brought in hundreds of books to be stored at the libraries and replenished with new books on a regular basis by Sunview Park staff.
Little Libraries play an important role in producing adults that view reading as part of lifelong education. Academically, children growing up in homes without books are on average three years behind children in homes with lots of books. One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home. Did you know that here in Broward 61% of low-income families do not have any age-appropriate books for their kids at home? Little Free Libraries play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce.
Coming Soon: Broadview Park Little Libraries
Broward County Parks, Libraries, and Cultural Divisions, the Broadview Park Civic Association, and other neighborhood partners are bringing Little Libraries to Broadview Park. Little Libraries are family and community gathering spots to read and share free children’s and family-oriented books. The 2018 graduates of the Broward Academy are managing the installation of Little Libraries in Washburn and Sunview Parks. Free books in English and Spanish will be available for students and parents to enjoy in the park and take home for literary adventures.
New Wall Mural Beautifies Boulevard Gardens
A mural installation is underway at the Harold Reitman Boys and Girls Club located in Boulevard Gardens within the Broward Municipal Services District. The $23,000 investment in public art adds to the continuous beautification and revitalization of Municipal Services District neighborhoods. Also underway are continued activity to improve safety. The County Commission approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) on access to the Public Safety Security Camera system in the Broadview Park and Central County areas of the Municipal Services District. This is an added tool to assist BSO in monitoring activity in those areas. The County has finalized procurement of the system and is in the implementation phase.
Stay Ready. Set. Safe
Hurricane Season is from June 1 through November 30th every year. Plan to survive a hurricane and other disasters. Check out the Quick Links to Sign-up for Emergency Notifications, Hurricane Preparedness and Know My Flood Risk. Remember the Vulnerable Population Registry is a tool that municipalities can use to help evaluate resident needs in their communities and assist in planning a response in an emergency. Find out who should register by selecting the Vulnerable Population Registry under Resources.