Act Now: Prevent Wave of Evictions & Foreclosures, Spike in Homelessness
Friday, June 26, 2020
Access Living friends and allies:
This afternoon we’d like to share this action alert from our friends at Housing Action Illinois. This is a NATIONAL action alert and we encourage you to take action today and through this weekend. [Quick link to take action here]
From Housing Action Illinois:
Now, more than ever, housing is healthcare.
Tell Representatives: Act Now to Prevent Wave of Evictions & Foreclosures, Spike in Homelessness
The House of Representatives will vote next week – as soon as Monday, June 29 – on a package of critically needed emergency housing resources and protections to help keep renters in their homes and to address the health and safety of people experiencing homelessness.
Without immediate action by Congress, we will see a wave of people losing their homes and a spike in homelessness across the country.
Contact legislators today and urge them to vote to approve H.R. 7301, the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020.
The House already approved $200 billion for critically needed housing resources and protections in the HEROES Act, but Senate leadership continues to delay negotiations over the next coronavirus relief package.
Struggling renters and homeowners cannot wait! Rent and mortgage payments are due on July 1, and millions of the lowest-income renters across the nation can’t afford to pay. Eviction and foreclosure moratoriums are expiring, and local efforts to provide emergency assistance will be quickly overwhelmed by the need.
To underscore the urgency and pressure the Senate to act-either on the full HEROES Act or on emergency housing provisions alone-the House will vote next week on H.R. 7301, the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020. The bill includes the housing and homelessness resources approved by the House in the HEROES Act, including:
- $100 billion in emergency rental assistance
- $75 billion in homeowner assistance
- A national, uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures
- $11.5 billion to prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness
- 100,000 new emergency housing vouchers targeted to people with the greatest needs
- $100 million for housing counseling
- Additional funding resources and policies to ensure housing stability
Please share this action alert widely.