By the end of the CDC eviction moratorium on December 31, nearly 40 million Americans will be at risk of eviction. A group of bipartisan senators have announced a three-month solution which will include $25 billion in emergency rental assistance.
COVID-19 has proven to be a deadly virus, especially to low-income families. Evictions have been found to exacerbate COVID-19 cases and deaths, as noted by researcher Kathryn Leifheit at the University of California. With supportive resources for housing, such as emergency rental assistance, we can avoid evictions and prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, if we choose to simply do nothing the cost will be in lives.
While we want this emergency relief proposal to move forward, this is an emergency solution and we cannot afford for congress to stop there. We still need the following:
- $100 billion in emergency rental assistance & housing vouchers
- $11.5 billion in grants to homeless shelters
- Extend and strengthen the eviction moratorium
We urge you to contact your senators and thank them for supporting this emergency proposal, preventing evictions, and slowing the spread of COVID-19 while encouraging them to continue negotiating for the housing needs mentioned above.
Feel free to use this sample text:
“Thank you for recognizing the need to put housing first and prevent evictions which will increase the spread of COVID-19. Everyone deserves to remain safe during the pandemic. I understand that this is an emergency solution and we still need you to support the necessary resources to keep everyone safe at home. This includes a minimum of $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and housing vouchers, $11.5 billion in emergency solutions grants, and an extension of the CDC eviction moratorium.
Thank you for your efforts. Please remember to put housing first.”