CBPP Press Call: Threat of Eviction a Reality as Moratorium Set to Expire

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities will hold a press call on Thursday, June 24 at 11 a.m. (ET) to examine rates of housing hardship that remain well above pre-pandemic levels as the national eviction moratorium is set to expire at the end of the month. In conjunction with the call, the Center will release an analysis of the latest figures in the Census Bureau Household Pulse survey on households who are falling behind on rent.

The call comes as millions of renters with low incomes face high risks of housing instability, homelessness, and overcrowding. Due to a long history of racism — including racially discriminatory housing policies — Black, Latino, and Native American people are disproportionately likely to face severe rent burdens.

During the call, speakers will discuss the single most important step lawmakers can take to address housing insecurity: expanding access to Housing Choice Vouchers for all eligible families.

Speakers will also discuss:

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the inadequacy of the housing safety net and left many people vulnerable, including people of color, people with disabilities, and seniors.
  • Why the only way to make real progress toward addressing the housing crisis is with recovery legislation that provides rental assistance and protects people from eviction.
  • The topline numbers in the latest release of Pulse data that underscore the urgent need for making more vouchers available.
  • What policymakers can do both now and in the future to reduce low-income households’ exposure to housing hardship, while also preparing the nation to respond more promptly and humanely to housing needs during the next health or economic crisis.

Featuring:

  • Ann Oliva, Senior Fellow, CBPP
  • Alicia Mazzara, Senior Research Analyst, CBPP
  • Will Fischer, Senior Director for Housing Policy and Research and Interim Program Area Lead, CBPP

After opening remarks, the panelists will take questions. To participate in the press call, please register below.