García, Espaillat, 41 Members of Congress Ask House and Senate Leadership To Include Emergency Rental Assistance in the Next Stimulus Package
Washington, DC - Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), along with 41 of their colleagues led a letter to House and Senate leadership today urging them to include $100 billion for emergency rental assistance in the next stimulus package to help people stay in their homes. This provision passed the House as part of the HEROES Act, but was not included in the Senate’s HEALS Act.
A survey by the U.S. Census Bureau found that 24 million people in the United States worry they might not make next month’s rent payment, including nearly half of Black and Latino renters.
“Our country is facing an unprecedented evictions crisis, and Congress must act to make sure no one is kicked out of their home and onto the streets during this global pandemic. As the House and Senate negotiate the next stimulus package, it is absolutely crucial that they include funds for emergency rental assistance to keep tenants in their homes,” said Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García. “Working class Black and Latino communities like mine are already disproportionately affected by the virus, and it would be outrageous for Congress to stand by as a completely avoidable homelessness crisis tears our neighborhoods apart. We have to act now to prevent yet another disaster in communities that are already suffering.”
“This is an unprecedented time for New York’s 13th congressional district and communities around the nation as we continue to address the impact of COVID-19,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “Families need our support more than ever and Congress has a responsibility to support those most severely impacted by the pandemic and help them recover. We know that low- and moderate-income renters are bearing the brunt of the crisis’s economic toll, and our efforts must continue to help those most in need and provide crucial financial support. It’s the only way we can move forward and provide real solutions for millions of families facing evictions.”
A copy of the letter can be found here.
- In June, Congressman García introduced the Protecting Renters from Evictions and Fees Act with Reps. Barbara Lee and Senator Elizabeth Warren to prevent evictions during the COVID-19 crisis.
- In May, Reps. García and Espaillat introduced the STAY HOME Act to provide assistance for renters to pay back rent.
- In April, Reps. García and Espaillat and 49 Members of Congress urged leadership to include emergency rental assistance in the stimulus package that became the HEROES Act.