COVID-19 Response

In early March 2020, as COVID-19 spread across the globe, Local Progress launched a call to action for elected officials in the network to advance paid sick leave, stop evictions and utility shut-offs, and center equity in their responses. We created a clearinghouse to facilitate idea sharing for ways that localities stepped up in response across a range of issues. (Note: we’ve retired our clearinghouse of local actions but you can find the archive here). Additionally, we assembled resources from partners and drafted a set of memos to help local leaders navigate policy options and crisis mitigation. 

UPDATE (As of July 2021): As our pandemic responses shifted from a rapid response to long-term public health and economic solutions, we have built out a new page of resources supporting a just recovery and use of ARP funds on our Recovery Resource Hub.

Policy Overviews

This set of memos, done in collaboration with Center for Popular Democracy, outlines best practices and examples on a range of topics including protecting essential workers, housing, and supporting small businesses.

[Policy Overview]: Emergency Paid Sick Time Bill

Paid Sick Time Policy Elements

Support for Small Business During COVID-19

A Guide to Investigating Local Emergency Powers

COVID-19 and Abortion Advocacy: Strategies to Consider

Accessible and Transparent Government During Social Distancing

Caring for those who are Houseless during COVID-19

Preventing further privatization of education during COVID-19

Supporting Immigrants During COVID-19

Protecting Essential Workers
School budgeting process in the era of COVID-19
Ensuring safe, adequate and equitable meal distribution during school closures
State and Local COVID-19 Response Funds Providing Cash to Residents
Protecting Renters and Homeowners from Eviction, Utility Shutoffs, and Foreclosure
Local Decarceral Policy Demands and Examples in the COVID-19 Era
State and Local Advocacy for an Immigrant-Inclusive Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Ensuring Accessible Childcare for Essential Workers during COVID-19

Preparing for a National Election During Covid-19

Resolutions and Ordinances

Resources for Localities: This section highlights recent resolutions and ordinances from across the country, in addition to templates that you can adjust for your locality. Topics include paid sick and emergency leave, protecting workers’ health and safety, eviction moratoriums and rent cancellation and mortgage moratoriums. 

[Model Bill]: Paid Sick and Safe Leave plus Emergency Leave

[Model Bill]: Emergency Paid Sick Leave

[Model Policy]: Protecting Worker Safety & Health

[Resolution]: Philadelphia effort for Housing Moratoriums

PHL resolution eviction moratorium

[Resolution]: SF rent cancellation and mortgage moratorium

Centering Equity in a COVID Response

Our Initial Call to Action: As all of our communities across the country dealt with the spread of coronavirus, people looked to local governments for an efficient and bold response that protects the safety of all residents as well as the public health. This page highlights our initial call to action to advance paid leave, pass moratoriums on evictions and utility shut-offs to protect the most vulnerable. These steps remain critically important as the virus devastates our economy and peoples’ livelihoods. 

State-Specific Resources

Our state chapters have compiled resources that address state-specific issues and provide model legislation:


For a comprehensive look at state interventions for legislators, please visit the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) resource page.