HUD Affirms Commitment to Protect Transgender and Non-Binary Individuals

submitted by Christopher Phillips, Esq. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced in a press release that it would withdraw a proposed rule, which, if implemented, would harm transgender and non-binary individuals.  The proposed rule would have permitted blatant discrimination against transgender and non-binary individuals at emergency shelters.  Specifically, the rule…

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

submitted by Jessica Tiburcio, Law Student Losing a loved one is one of the most tragic imaginable experiences. If you have lost a loved one or loved ones to a COVID-19 related issue, you may qualify for certain eligible funeral expenses under FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program. FEMA Funeral Assistance helps with the cost of…

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Updated Federal Visitation Guidelines

Submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney On March 10, 2021 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to their nursing home visitation guidelines. This guidance addresses the impact that the COVID-19 vaccination has on visitation. The information contained in this guidance supersedes and replaces previously issued guidance and recommendations regarding visitation.…

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Update from NYS Department of Health: Expanded Visitation Guidelines for Adult Care Facilities and Visitation Legislative Updates

Submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney On March 2, 2021 NYS Department of Health (DOH) released an updated guidance for visitation in adult care facilities. This update comes just a week after DOH released an updated guidance for nursing home visitation. This new guidance for adult care facilities supersedes and replaces any previously issued…

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Call to Action: Safe Visitation for Nursing Homes & Adult Care Facilities

It has been almost a year since the initial ban on in-person visitation in nursing homes and adult care facilities, and visitation is still extremely restrictive. Residents have been negatively impacted by these restrictions, living in forced isolation and experiencing cognitive and mental decline. Virtual visitation has not been an adequate substitution to combat the…

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Housing Unit Eviction Moratorium Guide 

submitted by Megan Poynter, Law Student updated January 26, 2021 New York State Specific Policy New York State Senate, Bill Number S.9114/A.11181 https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-covid-19-emergency-eviction-and-foreclosure-prevention-act-2020 On December 28, 2020 Governor Cuomo signed the Covid-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020. This act prevents residential evictions, foreclosure proceedings, credit discrimination, and negative credit reporting related to…

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