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HUD launches House America Initiative to reduce homelessness

By on October 26th, 2021

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has launched a new effort to reduce homelessness around the country.  HUD’s House America Initiative will help state and local governments use pandemic relief funds for re-housing persons who are homeless. It will also help build new supportive and affordable housing. There are 26 state, tribal, and … Continue reading HUD launches House America Initiative to reduce homelessness


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New research shows where evictions are most likely to happen

By on October 20th, 2021

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Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a tool to identify areas where evictions are most likely to happen when pandemic eviction protections end. The Urban Displacement Project (UDP) at UC Berkeley has created maps that show what neighborhoods have high “housing precarity.” This means that renters living in these neighborhoods are at … Continue reading New research shows where evictions are most likely to happen


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Eviction hotspots found in most cities before and during the pandemic

By on October 14th, 2021

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Research at Princeton University shows that a large portion of eviction filings are made by just a few landlords in a handful of buildings.  In addition, most cities have neighborhoods that account for the largest share of eviction filings, both before and during the pandemic. Black renters continue to face eviction at rates higher than … Continue reading Eviction hotspots found in most cities before and during the pandemic


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Taking the stigma out of rental assistance increases applications

By on October 12th, 2021

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Although Congress has provided billions of dollars for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA), state and local governments have been slow to get that money to desperate renters and landlords. This issue is partly due to problems with how some programs are run, but some areas have low submission rates for applications. In response, local agencies are … Continue reading Taking the stigma out of rental assistance increases applications


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New bill proposal will speed up ERA payments

By on October 8th, 2021

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Many state and local Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs have been slow in getting funds to desperate renters and landlords. New legislation in the House of Representatives will speed up ERA payments, if voted into law. It will also allow landlords to apply directly for emergency rental assistance, and provide protections for tenants in those … Continue reading New bill proposal will speed up ERA payments


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How a government default could impact low-income renters

By on October 5th, 2021

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Low-income renters will be badly hurt if Congress fails to suspend the debt ceiling before the middle of October. If the Treasury can no longer pay the nation’s bills, it would shut down most federal programs, including housing programs. A federal default would be catastrophic. It would badly damage the U.S. economy and global markets, … Continue reading How a government default could impact low-income renters


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Minimum wage workers in U.S. cannot afford rent

By on September 25th, 2021

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There is no county or city in the United States where someone working full-time for minimum wage can afford a modest two-bedroom apartment. In its annual Out of Reach report, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) looks at rent and wage information for every state, county and major metropolitan area in the country.  The 2021 … Continue reading Minimum wage workers in U.S. cannot afford rent


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House proposes historic housing funds for infrastructure bill

By on September 16th, 2021

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The House voted 30-24 last week to approve more than $330 billion in affordable housing funding for the bipartisan infrastructure package. The bill makes historic investments in rental assistance, public housing improvements, and the production of new affordable housing.  Housing advocates look at the bill as a once-in-a-generation commitment to affordable housing. Because these large … Continue reading House proposes historic housing funds for infrastructure bill


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What’s next for renters, now that the eviction moratorium is gone?

By on September 10th, 2021

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As the pandemic has dragged on, millions of low-income renters kept their homes because of the national eviction moratorium ordered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the CDC order, what can renters expect as they try to hold off eviction? The help that you … Continue reading What’s next for renters, now that the eviction moratorium is gone?


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Millions of renters at risk as Supreme Court overturns CDC eviction moratorium

By on August 27th, 2021

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The Supreme Court put millions of renters at risk of losing their homes after a ruling on Thursday to end the CDC eviction moratorium. Responding to an emergency petition by landlord groups, the court overturned the national eviction moratorium ordered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The court said that the … Continue reading Millions of renters at risk as Supreme Court overturns CDC eviction moratorium