Thursday, December 10, 2020 — Negotiations are moving forward on the bipartisan $908 billion emergency COVID package. While the amount of funding dedicated towards emergency rental assistance is final, there are still negotiations on the eviction moratorium. Republicans are willing to reinstate the CARES Act moratorium. This only covers 30% of renters! To prevent millions of renters from losing their protections, Congress needs to issue $100 billion for emergency rental assistance and extend the CDC moratorium which will continue to renters from eviction until rental assistance is dispersed and COVID-19 vaccinations are widely available.
Call Sen. Cassidy’s office and request to speak to Chris Gillot (Housing Staffer, Legislative Director, and Deputy of Staff) – 202-224-5824
Not sure what to say? Here are some talking points:
- There is now proof that evictions have led to between 8,900 and 12,500 excess deaths. We must protect renters by providing enough rental assistance to guarantee housing for all until the vaccine is approved and widely available.
- Only 30% of renters will be protected by extending the CARES Act eviction moratorium. Instead, Senator Cassidy should #PutHousingFirst and reinstate the CDC Eviction Moratorium until rental assistance is fully deployed, which will prevent 96% of renters from being evicted.
- Landlords still have to affect repairs and pay their mortgage, insurance and property taxes—we need #RentRelief now. Without rental assistance, their services and payments will not be addressed. Because of this pressure landlords are still figuring out ways to evict tenants as pandemic continues to spike.