As concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to grow, Hunton Andrews Kurth’s pro bono team has compiled the following free resources to help individuals without access to paid legal services understand and stay informed of the legal implications of this global health emergency.

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Federal Resources by Issue

Civil Rights

  • Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a bulletin to ensure that entities covered by civil rights authorities keep in mind their obligations under laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, and exercise of conscience and religion in HHS-funded programs, including in the provision of health care services during COVID-19.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has posted resources and topics to watch to ensure the burdens of the outbreak and the government’s response do not unfairly fall on the most vulnerable communities.  

Criminal Justice

Consumer Law

Elder Law

  • National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) has materials on COVID-19 here. NCLER provides aging and disabled communities with the tools and resources they need to serve older adults with the greatest economic and social needs.
  • National Council on Aging (NCOA) has COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults & Caregivers here.
  • American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging has Coronavirus Update for the Elder Law Community here.
  • National Asian Pacific Center on Aging has a resource page with a helpline for older adults in 8 languages.
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a COVID-19 Toolkit to help patients stay informed on CMS and HHS materials available on COVID-19.
  • Kaiser Family Foundation provides a FAQ on Medicare Coverage and Costs Related to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment.

Health Law 

  • National Health Law Program has a COVID-19 resources page.
  • American Bar Association, in cooperation with Mind Your Loved Ones, Inc., has launched a new mobile app that stores and manages critical medical information, including health care advance directives, on your smartphone.

Homeless/Houseless/Housing Resources

  • National Low Income Housing Coalition has a COVID-19 Housing/Homelessness Resource Page here.
  • Anti-Eviction Mapping Project has created a continually updated map of COVID-19 Emergency Tenant Protections.

  • Augrented, an AI-driven apartment ratings service, hosts a blog including a running list of eviction moratoriums and other tenant protections, and advice for staying safe as a renter during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Immigration Law

  • Catholic Legal Immigration Network has set up a COVID-19 resources page here.
  • Immigration Justice Campaign provides COVID-19 Updates related to detention, release from detention, the operation of the immigration courts, and legal arguments related to COVID-19.
  • Protecting Immigrant Families provides a resource page explaining Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs During COVID-19. They also provide a Know Your Rights page.

Labor and Employment Resources

LGBTQIA+ Resources

Victims’ Rights

 

Local Resources

National Conference of State Legislatures provides a list of State Quarantine and Isolation Statutes with a summary of state law authority for quarantine and isolation within state borders, including authority to initiate quarantine and isolation, limitations on state quarantine powers, and penalties for violations.

Texas Resources

  • Texas Governor’s office has a helpful calendar listing upcoming events and resources at. The office is also holding a webinar on April 15 for small businesses.
  • Texas COVID-19 Resources Page provides the public with aggregated links to news and information about the COVID-19 pandemic from credible sources such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), legal aid organizations and Texas government and health authorities.
  • Texas Supreme Court emergency orders summary provides state-wide information regarding subjects such as parent-child custody matters and residential eviction delays.

  • The Texas Health and Human Services has a COVID-19 Resource page to provide information and guidance on Texas-sponsored public benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid.
  •  The Texas Attorney General’s office created a Resource Page to provide guidance on payments or child support and visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Texas Association of Counties created a Resource Page devoted to provide resources for county government to aid in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Texas Association of School Boards prepared a Resource Page to provide online resources for Texas public schools.
  • The Texas Commission for Environmental Quality prepared an online reference page with regulatory guidance as a result of the impact from COVID-19.
  • The website for the Texas Veterans Commission has a number of useful resources on its webpage with respect to veterans’ benefits and local assistance. 
  • Texas Workforce Commission – Unemployment Application Portal

Houston Resources

  • The city of Houston has partnered with advocacy groups and law enforcement agencies to provides more resources to victims. A new website that can be accessed here compiles resources for those concerned about their safety.
  • The Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative has created a COVID-19 Resources page.
  • The Houston Bar Association provides updates on the Houston Volunteer Lawyers website for resources volunteer attorneys can use to provide local pro bono assistance.

Dallas Resources

Virginia Resources

  • Virginia Legal Aid COVID-19 Resources Page
  • Hunton Andrews Kurth has prepared an alert for Virginia non-stock corporations with guidance on best corporate governance practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Cover Virginia has prepared helpful summaries and information regarding temporary expansions to Medicaid in Virginia to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Virginia Governor’s office has provided a FAQ regarding changes to unemployment assistance available to citizens in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Virginia Poverty Law Center has compiled a helpful list of resources especially relating to housing law and tenant’s rights.
  • Tenants facing eviction issues in Virginia can contact 1-833-NoEvict, a legal helpline run by the Virginia Poverty Law Center and the Campaign to Reduce Evictions (CARE).
  • Northern Virginia Family Resources has compiled a list of helpful resources available to Northern Virginia residents.
  • The State Corporation Commission has directed electrical, natural gas and water companies to suspend service disconnections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Virginia Department of Vehicles has prepared information relating to the waiver and extension of certain registration and licensing requirements.  

Richmond Resources

  • The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation provides a pro bono clearinghouse service where non-profits seeking help are matched with volunteer attorneys who can provide assistance.
  • The City of Richmond has created a small business disaster relief loan program. Hunton Andrews Kurth has prepared a summary of the program.

Washington, DC Resources

New York

Massachusetts Resources

  • Massachusetts COVID-19 Resources Page
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has created a page the provides the public with the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes links to issue-specific resources, including guidance for businesses, information on unemployment, food assistance, and resources and information for tenants and homeowners.
  • Greater Boston Legal Services has compiled a list of resources covering a wide range of topics, including consumer rights, housing and unemployment. GBLS is also offering assistance with filing for unemployment benefits, and is continuing to conduct its regular housing clinic over the phone.
  • The City of Boston has established a number of relief funds, including a rental relief fund, a small business relief fund, and an artist relief fund.
  • The Trial Court has set up a help line for members of the public seeking answers to general questions about ongoing civil and criminal cases. 
  • The Boston Bar Foundation has put together issue-specific resource pages for employment, financial security, evictions, and health care coverage.

Atlanta Resources

California Resources

North Carolina Resources