Editor’s Note: Now that Marcia Fudge has been sworn in as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), she faces several challenges to help low-income renters. Even before the pandemic, housing was not affordable for anyone earning minimum wage. And now, millions of more renters are at risk of eviction and homelessness. … Continue reading Open letter from Affordable Housing Online: Considerations for new HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge
One day after Congress gave its final approval of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, it has been signed into law by President Joe Biden today. “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country, and giving people in this nation — working people, middle-class folks, people who have built the country … Continue reading President Biden signs American Rescue Plan
There’s only one more step for the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill to be signed into law, after the Senate’s version of the bill was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, called the American Rescue Plan, will now be sent to President Joe Biden, and it is expected to be signed before … Continue reading COVID relief bill to be signed by Biden this week
A week after the House passed their version of the $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, the U.S. Senate has approved their own legislation for the coronavirus relief bill. It will now be sent back for House approval, and then to its final destination — President Biden’s desk. Both actions are expected to happen this upcoming week. … Continue reading Senate passes American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, which will now be debated by the Senate. There are still many items to be argued between Senate Democrats and Republicans, but one frequently-discussed proposal is confirmed to not be included in the Senate’s version of the stimulus package. Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough … Continue reading $1.9 trillion stimulus bill passed by House, Senate approval next
What is Emergency Rental Assistance? The U.S. Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is distributing $25 billion for renters who are struggling to pay rent and utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is funded by the stimulus relief bill signed by former President Trump in December, 2020. Where is Emergency Rental Assistance provided? Funding … Continue reading Emergency Rental Assistance Program Distribution by State
President Joe Biden issued an executive order his first day in office, which extends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium until March 31, 2021.
On January 14, 2021, President-Elect Joe Biden released his “American Rescue Plan,” a proposed $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package that would help low-income renters in many ways, such as: Emergency Rental Assistance $30 billion of funds would go to emergency rental assistance programs. $5 billion of this amount is reserved to help struggling renters pay their … Continue reading Biden’s American Rescue Plan
President Trump signed a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill on December 27, 2020, which will give struggling Americans similar financial aid to what was provided in the March, 2020 CARES Act. The following information is what’s known so far about new COVID relief for low-income renters: Unemployment Benefits Unemployment benefits will be increased to an extra … Continue reading Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 signed
The 2020 Democratic Party forerunners have similar policies, but important differences.