Our office has been diligently working on providing commentary on various legal issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. All community providers and partners are encouraged to refer to these materials when dealing with patient/client needs. Our office remains available to answer any questions or provide clarification on these updates as the situation develops.
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Updated Stimulus Payments
Do you still have questions about obtaining the most recent round of stimulus payments? If so please feel free to refer to this comprehensive guide that details the steps needed to be completed in order to receive the most recent round of payments. Also as with any other tax related issue, it is always best to consult with a certified accountant in order to understand any tax implications or consequences that may arise.
Update: Eviction Moratorium Extended to 06/08/2021
The eviction moratorium for residential leasehold units has been extended until June 8, 2021. Therefore, tenants cannot be legally evicted for any non payment issues that would serve as the basis of an eviction. Please note that while landlords cannot legally evict for nonpayment issues, landlords can still legally terminate leases for other reasons (damage to property, criminal behavior, and other independent lease violations).
Guide to I-94s and How to Replace Them
Attached please find our guide to I-94s, the immigration document so important to immigrants here through COFA, and how to get a copy of yours.
What to Do If You are the Victim of Pandemic Unemployment Fraud (with Template)
Have you received a letter regarding a claim for PUA and you did NOT apply for benefits? This Alert explains what steps you can take and includes a template.
How to Check the Status of an Immigration Application
And What to Do if It Is Taking Too Long
Please find attached our new MLP Alert for Unemployment Insurance benefits, specifically focusing on access for COFA migrants. We hope the short infographic and the longer FAQ will help advocates and clients to access Unemployment benefits caused by the COVID-19 restrictions.
There are two ways to access Unemployment applications, and MLP recommends that applicants with COFA status start here:
All others (U.S. citizens and non-citizens with Alien Reg. Numbers) can start here:
SNAP/Pub. Benefits & COVID-19
Attached please find materials related to COVID-19 Public Benefits & SNAP Issues. These materials include step-by-step walk throughs of the application and update process along with a comprehensive FAQs section detailing specific questions surrounding these circumstances.
Public Charge & COVID-19
The government announced they will NOT consider testing, treatment, or preventative care (including future vaccines) related to COVID-19 as part of the "Public Charge Rule," even if it is paid for by "public benefits," like Medicaid. If you know individuals who are worried, please know that they can seek COVID-19-related services without any fear for their immigration status.
Notice of Changed Financial Circumstances & Request for Immediate Rent Adjustment Form
Attached please find a template notice of changed circumstances for rent adjustments related to COVID-19 income changes for tenants who reside in public housing units. Please distribute them to your clients if they are experiencing this situation and have them complete it to the best of their ability. We encourage the tenant to keep one copy of the completed form and submit one copy to their landlord by a reliable means of delivery (fax, certified mail, etc.) The main purpose of this form is to provide notice to landlords that a household is experiencing income changes in order to adjust rent in a timely manner.
These resources are not to be construed as legal advice, but rather are intended for educational and outreach purposes. The Medical-Legal Partnership for Children In Hawaii does not intend to create an attorney client relationship by creating and/or providing these resources to the public. Please seek an independent attorney if you have specific legal questions.
Informative Diagrams and Charts Regarding Various Legal Issues