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NHLA applauds Gov. Sununu's protections for Granite Staters affected by COVID-19

Posted Mar 17, 2020

Some of our state’s most vulnerable households will receive critical protections from the financial impacts of COVID-19 under Gov. Sununu’s executive orders issued this morning.


Landlords are immediately prohibited from evicting tenants unable to pay rent due to their financial situation. All judicial and non-judicial foreclosure actions are prohibited. The state has waived its one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits for those unable to work or who have had their hours reduced as a result of COVID-19. And utilities, fuel deliveries and internet service may not be shut off for non-payment.


“NHLA applauds Governor Sununu’s action to promote economic security for people impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis,” said Sarah Mattson Dustin, executive director of NH Legal Assistance. “Today’s executive orders will help preserve housing and income for working families. New Hampshire can’t prevent further spread of COVID-19 without ensuring that people are able to stay home and care for their families. We will continue to monitor implementation of the executive orders in the weeks ahead.”

In announcing the orders, Sununu said, “Seeing what the lack of an appropriate response has resulted in around the world requires that we make some difficult decisions here in New Hampshire to ensure we stem the tide of this worldwide pandemic within our own communities.”