USA: National Low income housing association, Emergency rental assistance
The emergency COVID-19 relief measure enacted in December 2020 included $25 billion in emergency rental assistance and an extension of the federal eviction moratorium through January 31. President Joe Biden on January 20 issued an executive order instructing the CDC to further extend the federal eviction moratorium until at least March 31. While the relief bill provided essential and desperately needed protections for renters, additional resources and protections are needed to address the health and housing needs of America’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness.
Congress is working to finalize and pass the “American Rescue Plan Act,” a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package containing $40 billion in essential housing and homelessness assistance, including $26 billion for rental assistance and $5 billion to assist people who are homeless. If enacted, these investments will help prevention millions of low-income people from losing their homes during the pandemic and will provide cities and states with the resources they need to help people experiencing homelessness be safely housed during and after the pandemic.
For more details about coronavirus relief legislation, scroll down to NLIHC’s Resources below. Learn about NLIHC’s top priorities to ensure housing stability during the pandemic.