April 21, 2020 — Issue Brief

Older adults and those with underlying health issues are most at risk of contracting COVID-19. Many will incur significant expenses related to sheltering in place or taking other measures to protect their health. Older adults with fixed or limited incomes, and those with few resources, may face foreclosure, eviction, and other financial challenges in the near and long term.

This Practice Tip focuses on the protections that have been put in place recently to protect consumers at risk of financial harm. Many of the protections put in place for consumers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic mirror those adopted by governments after a major disaster. Information on disaster-focused
relief is available through NCLER’s Legal Challenges After a Natural Disaster: Helping Older Adults Face the Aftermath.

Published for National Center on Law and Elder Rights