COVID-19 Response

May 6 Update

Earlier this week, a federal district judge struck down the national CDC eviction moratorium. The Administration is appealing this ruling, as it has in previous cases. This is the most recent in a series of rulings on the legality of the moratorium. Some have stuck down the moratorium while others have affirmed it, leading to confusion among struggling families and advocates.

National Council staff continues to monitor this situation and will provide updates. As of now, the National Eviction Moratorium is still in effect until June 30, 2021. Renters at risk of eviction must give a signed declaration as soon as possible to their landlord. More information, including a sample declaration, is available here.

Download our comprehensive guide to the American Rescue Plan Act on our COVID-19 Response page! This guide can help you serve more neighbors in need by accessing:

  • $50 billion for emergency rental assistance, and $4.5 billion for utility assistance. Find information for your community rental assistance program and utility assistance program.
  • Funeral assistance for families who have lost loved ones to COVID.
  • ‘Stimulus’ checks and tax credits for low-income and working families. Households must file tax returns to receive these benefits.

The Vincentian Response to Increased Need During the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are looking for assistance related to the pandemic, please visit our Assistance & Services page.

A founding activity for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Home Visit is a time for Vincentian volunteers to visit the homes of neighbors in need, identify their needs, and explore ways to help.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vincentians across the United States have pivoted their Home Visits to continue their service to neighbors in need while maintaining the safety and well-being of Vincentians and those we serve. Whether via telephone calls, Zoom meetings, or socially distanced gatherings, Vincentians have found ways to continue their good work.

The economic hardship caused by the pandemic has made the Society’s work more important than ever. Requests for help with emergency financial assistance such as utilities, rent, food, medications, and clothing have grown significantly, and we expect the need to continue growing for years.

Now, more than ever, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul serves our neighbors in need, inspired by the gospel and Jesus Christ our savior.

Our founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam was known to say, “No form of charity is foreign to the Society.” We do whatever it takes to lift individuals and families out of poverty, even in a pandemic.

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