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Experts fear for eviction crisis during coronavirus pandemic

By on July 2nd, 2020

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July rent is due for millions of American renters, but many are still unable to pay as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. As states lift eviction moratoria, many fear a wave of evictions is soon to come. The Eviction Lab at Princeton University has been leading the effort to document the growing crisis of eviction … Continue reading Experts fear for eviction crisis during coronavirus pandemic


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American renters want housing assistance during the pandemic

By on June 16th, 2020

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Low-income renters across the country are at risk of losing their homes because of the coronavirus pandemic. A new poll shows that more than half of all people worry that they will lose their housing without additional assistance, and the vast majority of Americans also feel the government should help people stay in stable housing … Continue reading American renters want housing assistance during the pandemic


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Speaker Pelosi talks about housing assistance during the pandemic

By on June 5th, 2020

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addressed affordable housing advocates and low-income renters this week in a webinar hosted by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). During the call, Pelosi laid out the emergency housing measures recently passed by the House, and discussed next steps on affordable housing and coronavirus relief.  Speaker Pelosi said … Continue reading Speaker Pelosi talks about housing assistance during the pandemic


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HUD report shows housing programs serve those with the lowest incomes

By on June 2nd, 2020

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A recent HUD report shows that even though HUD programs reach a fraction of those who qualify, tenants in HUD-assisted housing are among the poorest and most vulnerable in our nation. HUD’s report, Characteristics of HUD-Assisted Renters and Their Units in 2017, is the tenth report in this series since 1989, and allows HUD to … Continue reading HUD report shows housing programs serve those with the lowest incomes


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Former inmates face housing discrimination during the pandemic

By on May 22nd, 2020

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Prisons and jails around the country have become COVID-19 hot spots. In an effort to decompress correctional facilities, many state and local governments are allowing early release of some inmates. Those being released face the same problems finding housing as anyone else leaving the criminal justice system. However, they can also face discrimination because landlords … Continue reading Former inmates face housing discrimination during the pandemic


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HEROES Act would give a lot of support to low-income renters

By on May 15th, 2020

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unveiled the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act this week. This is the House’s latest aid package to help people and businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. At $3 trillion, it would surpass the recent CARES Act as the largest aid package in U.S. history. … Continue reading HEROES Act would give a lot of support to low-income renters


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Housing experts say landlords cannot reject or evict tenants over coronavirus fears

By on May 8th, 2020

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Low-income renters face all kinds of roadblocks to finding affordable housing. For many, discrimination has historically been an obstacle to getting and keeping a decent place to live. With fears growing as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, can landlords evict tenants or deny applicants because they might be at risk for COVID-19? Most fair housing experts … Continue reading Housing experts say landlords cannot reject or evict tenants over coronavirus fears


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House lawmakers push national eviction ban and rent suspension

By on May 1st, 2020

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Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing legislation that will ban evictions and suspend rent payments for all renters nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of renters are not covered by a patchwork of local, state and federal eviction moratoria. Even renters in places with eviction protections will still owe crippling back … Continue reading House lawmakers push national eviction ban and rent suspension


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Homeless persons face the worst of the coronavirus pandemic

By on April 23rd, 2020

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Many state and local governments are recognizing that if COVID-19 spreads among the homeless population, it would be a public health disaster. Cities nationwide are making efforts to help the homeless, but there’s a lot of uncertainty when looking into the future. Shelters do not have the space for safe social distancing. Unsheltered people have … Continue reading Homeless persons face the worst of the coronavirus pandemic


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Need for emergency rental assistance grows during the coronavirus pandemic

By on April 15th, 2020

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Some members of Congress are calling for a bold federal commitment to emergency rental assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Although many states have temporarily suspended evictions, just protecting low-income renters during the crisis is not enough. When the eviction orders are eventually lifted, renters will still be on the hook for months of unpaid rent, … Continue reading Need for emergency rental assistance grows during the coronavirus pandemic