The COVID-19 pandemic has created a housing and property crisis for businesses and individuals in the United States. While some government protections for housing and commercial buildings are due to expire soon, other extensions offer much-needed support.
The California State Constitution prohibits public or governmental agencies from giving or spending public funds for private purposes. These “gifts” of public funds are prohibited to make sure that public agencies are accountable to society and do not misuse public money. However, public agencies may spend public funds for public purposes.