As the pandemic unfolded last spring, state and local governments had to scramble to help renters avoid eviction. State and local governments have used federal funding to create emergency rental assistance (ERA) programs, but many areas have been slow getting this assistance to low-income renters. Congress provided $25 billion for emergency rental assistance in December. … Continue reading States are slow getting emergency rental assistance to desperate tenants
A law enacted recently in Indiana will make it easier for landlords to evict low-income renters. Being passed over the governor’s veto, this law will also prevent local governments from regulating landlord-tenant relations. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 148 expands the types of cases that are eligible for emergency possession orders. An emergency possession order means … Continue reading Indiana law opens the door to more evictions
Before the pandemic, minority renters faced much greater housing challenges than their white counterparts. And with the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic; Black, Latino, and Native American renters have felt even more housing instability. Emergency rental assistance needs to be targeted so that these groups are not left out in the cold. The … Continue reading Recommendations to improve racial equity in emergency rental assistance programs
Low-income renters are still protected by the national eviction moratorium ordered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even though a Texas judge made a ruling last week that the CDC order was unconstitutional. As stated by National Housing Law Project (NHLP) in a review of the lawsuit, the decision only applies to the … Continue reading CDC national eviction protections still in place despite Texas judge’s ruling
Despite a national moratorium on evictions issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many local courts continue to hear “no-cause” eviction cases. A review by the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) shows that many renters on month-to-month leases should be protected from losing their homes under the CDC order. Many local eviction … Continue reading “No-cause” evictions should be halted under CDC eviction moratorium, legal group says
New research shows that eviction moratoria and bans on utility cutoffs greatly slow the spread of COVID-19. These protections for low-income renters have an even larger impact reducing deaths from the coronavirus. If there had been a national, uniform moratorium on evictions and utility cutoffs from the start of the pandemic, millions would not have … Continue reading Research shows eviction moratoria slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives
New research from Princeton’s Eviction Lab shows that protections enacted during the coronavirus pandemic have prevented at least 1.6 million eviction filings nationwide. Although eviction filings are rising going into 2021, eviction rates are still only about half what they were before the pandemic. Over the last decade, the U.S. has seen a growing eviction … Continue reading Research shows millions protected from eviction in 2020, but back rent grows
An Executive Order by President Joe Biden has directed the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary to examine the fair housing effects of some Trump Administration policies. Acknowledging the many issues of housing discrimination in our country, the January 26 White House Memorandum states: “Accordingly, it is the policy of my Administration that the Federal … Continue reading Biden Executive Order directs HUD to review fair housing laws
Joe Biden is now president of the United States, and will have a narrow Democratic majority backing him up in the House and Senate. He faces many challenges and has an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office. What does this mean for America’s low-income renters? President Biden has already moved quickly to … Continue reading What will President Biden do about affordable housing in his first 100 days?
Congress included $25 billion for emergency rental assistance in the latest coronavirus stimulus package; but where is the emergency rental assistance going, and how will it be distributed? The National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has developed estimates for what each state will receive. The largest states will likely get more than a billion dollars each … Continue reading Now that emergency rental assistance has passed, where will it go?