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Public Policy Newsletter Article

State Government Takes Action for Assistance re COVID-19

  • 2020-03-26T15:00:00.000+0000
  • California
  • Author: Jimmy Jackson

On Sunday, March 15, Governor Newsom signed an executive order which prioritized resources and assets for community care facilities that house populations who are at most at risk to COVID-19. A second order on March 16 allows localities to put moratoriums on evictions for renters and homeowners through May 31. The order also slows foreclosures and offers protections against utility shutoffs. Newsom also announced the state received approval from the Small Business Administration to offer low interest loans to for-profit and non-profit entities.

On Tuesday, March 17, Governor Newsom signed SB 89 and SB 117, both passed by unanimous votes of both houses of the Legislature a day earlier, which allocate up to $1 billion in funding to combat the effects on the state of COVID-19. Newsom also revealed that it would be highly unlikely to assume schools will re-open before the summer break. In other news, the California National Guard has been deployed by the Governor to perform humanitarian missions across the state and protect public safety in the midst of this developing crisis.