Business Owner Information

We’re working for you. The Greater Iowa City Area HBA, Home Builders Association of Iowa and the National Association of Home Builders is continually seeking information related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic and lobbying government on behalf of the home-building industry. Click the links below to find information you need as a business owner.  Visit and for additional news and resources. You can also access links to relevant upcoming and recorded webinars to help you learn.

Two programs aimed at helping Iowans through COVID-19 related financial hardships:
  >The Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program will provide assistance for up to 12 months.
  >The Iowa Homeowner Foreclosure Program provides mortgage assistance for up to four months, with maximum of $3,600 per household.

July 29: Small Business Administration Streamlines Forgiveness Process for PPP Loans

July 28: Multifamily Tentant Protections & Resources for Renters and Landlords

May 7: $21.6 Billion in Emergency Rental Assistance Released

April 7: SBA Increases Loan Limits for COVID-19 EIDL

House Extends PPP Application Deadline to May 31

March 17: Treasury Releases New Guidance on Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Jan. 8: PPP Rules Updated as New Loans Begin on Jan. 11

Jan. 8, 2021: Shelter House Offering Emergency Help for Residents Unable to Pay their Rent, Mortgage or Utilities Due to COVID-19 Income Loss

8 de enero: Shelter House ofrece ayudar de emergencia por los residentes que no pueden pagar el alquiler, la hipoteca o los servicios públicos debida a la pérdida de ingresos COVID-19

Dec. 27: Key Housing Provisions in $900 Relief Package

Dec. 22: Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans

Nov. 16:  Iowa City Updates Inspections Protocol

Shelter House Information for Residents at Risk of Eviction

Oct. 9: SBA, Treasury Ease PPP Forgiveness Requirements for Loans of $50,000 or Less

Sept. 15: Rent, Mortgage and Utilities Assistance Available for Qualified Residents with COVID-19-Related Income Loss

East Central Iowa Council of Governments Awarded $4.25 Million for Business Assistance Revolving Loan Fund

Beware of Scams Related to Economic Stimulus Programs

IRS Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferral Leaves Key Question Unanswered

Iowa One of Several States Passing Laws Regarding COVID-19 Liability Immunity

July 28: Employer-Focused Tax Changes in Senate Coronavirus Relief Bill

July 9: IRS Instructs Employers on Reporting COVID Medical & Sick Leave Wages

July 2: Congress Extends PPP Through Aug. 8

June 26:  NAHB Leaders Call on Treasury Secretary  to Expand PPP Eligibility for Builders

June 5: Businesses with PPP Loans Now Eligible for Payroll Tax Deferral

How to Navigate the Permit Extension Process-Includes Letter Template

May 22: OSHA Reverses Course and Now  Requires Employers to Track COVID-19 Cases

May 16: SBA and Treasury Release PPP Load Forgiveness Application

Surviving a Downturn: Now is the Time to Take Action

HUD Allocates $1 Billion for Community COVID-19 Relief Efforts

May 8: IRS Reverses Guidance on Employee Retention Tax Credit

New NAHB Video Toolbox Talk Provides Guidance on Coronavirus Safety

Employee Retention Tax Credit: What You Need to Know

IRS: Expenses Paid with Forgiven PPP Loans are Not Tax Deductible

April 27: SBA Now Taking PPP Loan Applications; New EIDL Applications are on Hold

NAHB Updates Job Site Coronavirus Safety Guidance for Construction

Reapplying for Small Business EIDL Loans Under the CARES Act

Congress Approves $484 Billion Coronavirus Relief Package

Essential Business Right to Work/Be Open Letter Template

Subcontractor Compliance Form

OSHA Guidance for Recording COVID-19 Cases

April 16: SBA Announces PPP and EIDL Loan Programs are Out of Money;
NAHB Sends Letter to Congress Urging More Funding

Fannie Mae Provides Further Temporary Guidance on Appraisals

IRS App to Speed Delivery of $1,200 Relief Payments, Creates Tools for Non-filers

April 13: New OSHA Guidance: Covid-19 Illnesses Not Recordable for Construction

Remodelers COVID-19 Assumption of Risk and Waiver Agreement Template

COVID-19 Subcontractor Letter Template for Contractors Use

How to Keep Buyer Traffic Flowing Despite COVID-19

NAHB: Members Urged to Hold 10-minute “Stand Down” for  Job Site Safety April 16-Resources Available

April 9: Fed Announces $2.3 Trillion Loan Program to Support Economy

Iowa Adds $20 Million in Aid to Small Businesses

April 4 Member Letter from NAHB Chair Dean Mon on Paycheck Protection Program

NAHB: How to Obtain an SBA Loan and Have it Forgiven

SBA Loan Applications Open

April 2 NAHB Summary of Stimulus Resources for Members

NAHB Recorded Webinar Explores CARES Act Provisions for Individuals and Business Owners

Does Business Interruption Insurance Cover COVD-19 Closures?

DOL Issues Final Rule Implementing Employer  Obligations Under New Family Leave Law 

IRS Releases New Form for Businesses to Claim Advance Payments

Notable Details in the SBA/Treasury Dept. Paycheck Protection Program 

Constant Contact Small Business Support Kit Offers COVID-19 Action Plan Templates and More

FAQs For Those Seeking  Small Business Loans Under New Stimulus Law

Fannie, Freddie to Allow Desktop Appraisals on New Construction  Loans

Workers on Home Building Sites Should Strictly Adhere to Coronavirus Precautions

Employer COVID-19 Resources, Information and Templates  

Jobsite Safety Poster

CBJ’s Webinar Series Offers Businesses Support During Pandemic

Iowa City Landfill Announces Temporary Saturday Closure for Contractors

New Iowa City Area “We’re in This Together” Website for COVID-19 News, Updates and  Information on Employee and Employer Resources

FHA Announces Policy Updates Related to COVID-19

Banks Urged to  Work with Borrowers Affected by COVID-19

Residential Construction Designated an “Essential Business”

March 27 NAHB Economic Update on Impact of COVID-19

NAHB Responds to  OSHA’s COVID-19 Outbreak Guidance

90 Organizations Urge DHS to Designate Residential Construction “Essential”

Builders Report Coronavirus a “Major Impact” on Buyer Traffic

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Provides Flexibility During COVID-19 Pandemic

Jobsite Safety and Recordkeeping Guidance for Coronavirus

Understanding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Small Business Loans Provisions within the CARES Act

Congress Approves $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act — AKA the Economic Stimulus Package

Understanding the “Force Majeure” Clause of Contracts

Iowa City Inspections Protocol

COVID-19 Policies for Employees and Clients

COVID-19 Job Site Practices

Iowa Small Business Relief Program

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Expanded Family and Medical Leave Requirements

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Rights Poster 

Family First Response Act Video – Employer and Employee Perspectives

Precautions Home Owners and Service Technicians Should Take During the Outbreak