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After nearly a year of our collective demand for #RentReliefNow, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), which includes nearly $50 billion in housing and homelessness resources, including $27 billion for rental assistance. This, combined with the $25 billion provided by Congress last year and a separate $5 billion for utilities in the ARP, can eliminate over $50 billion of rent and utility arrears that struggling renters have accrued during the pandemic and will enable longer term housing stability for some renters. The American Rescue Plan Act also provides $5 billion in new funding for states and cities to provide housing stability for tens of thousands of people experiencing homelessness.

With the passage of this legislation, advocates and congressional leaders have secured nearly $85 billion in emergency housing and homelessness assistance since the start of the pandemic through the American Rescue Plan Act, the December COVID-19 relief bill, and the CARES Act. Thank you for your advocacy!

Now, we will work to ensure emergency rental assistance (ERA) and other resources reach the lowest-income and most marginalized people. We will continue to track, analyze, and share best practices for ensuring ERA is distributed to households most in need and is used to advance racial equity. We will continue to urge President Biden and his administration to strengthen and enforce the federal eviction moratorium to keep renters stably housed while vital relief funds are distributed.

Learn more about federal COVID-19 relief legislation, emergency rental assistance, the federal eviction moratorium, and resources for individuals in need.

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  • Overview of National Eviction Moratorium: Factsheet  *Updated on 02.21 | CDC Moratorium 
    • HUD PIH and Office of Multifamily Housing have posted the declarative statement in these and other languages (20 in total) at
CDC Eviction Moratorium Declarations under penalty of perjury