Vice President for Housing Policy
COVID-19 and the economic crisis have deepened the challenges of individuals and families experiencing homelessness or struggling to pay rent. Consequently, policymakers must include comprehensive housing assistance in the next economic relief package, prioritizing aid for people with the most severe housing needs.
The pandemic has brought serious consequences for those with the fewest resources:
Policymakers must tailor their next steps to address these housing problems. The CARES Act included provisions to mitigate some of these problems, but funding is too low and several key provisions will expire this month, well before the health and economic crises have subsided. If policymakers don’t act, millions of low-income renters and people experiencing homelessness will likely face avoidable evictions, continued homelessness, or other preventable hardships.
Policymakers should draw on the housing provisions of the House-passed Heroes Act, which together constitute a strong, comprehensive approach to preventing evictions and alleviating other hardship among renters during the pandemic. The key elements of this approach include: