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
Keeping homeless clients safe and slowing the spread of COVID-19 has forced homeless shelter providers to make a lot of changes. Some of these new approaches have been very effective and may continue being used after the health crisis has passed. There have been improvements in providing shelter because of social distancing requirements. The most … Continue reading How have we improved homeless services during the pandemic?
A new document listing effective state and local strategies to protect tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic has a lot of information that can help low-income renters stay in their homes during these difficult times. The current national eviction moratorium does not address all the needs faced by desperate low-income renters, but many state and local … Continue reading How can state and local governments protect renters as the pandemic drags on?
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is charged with housing our nation’s most vulnerable people and revitalizing blighted communities. The success of HUD Secretaries should reflect how much their policies improve the lives of low-income renters. Ben Carson’s time as Secretary of HUD was spent undermining this important mission. Carson’s lack of … Continue reading HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s record leaves low-income renters short
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
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?
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) was named by President-elect Biden as his nominee for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Some have criticized Biden’s choice because Fudge has little experience with affordable housing, but she has strong professional credentials and leadership experience. Most importantly, she has long been a champion for racial equity, empowering women, … Continue reading HUD nominee Fudge has strong commitment and leadership skills, despite limited housing experience
CORRECTION: Earlier reports said that persons getting unemployment benefits would miss a week of payment because of Trump’s delay to sign these bills. However, the U.S. Department of Labor said in a December 29 statement to CNBC that it “does not anticipate that eligible claimants will miss a week of benefits.” President Trump signed the … Continue reading Trump signs FY21 spending bill and pandemic relief package
President-elect Biden has made a historic selection to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), while sticking with a familiar face to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Biden will nominate Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to lead HUD, which will make her the second Black woman to serve as Secretary of … Continue reading Biden announces notable nominations for HUD, USDA departments