The emergency COVID-19 relief measure enacted in December 2020 included $25 billion in emergency rental assistance and an extension of the federal eviction moratorium through January 31. President Joe Biden on January 20 issued an executive order instructing the CDC to further extend the federal eviction moratorium until at least March 31. While the relief bill provided essential and desperately needed protections for renters, additional resources and protections are needed to address the health and housing needs of America’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness.

For more details about the COVID Relief Bill, scroll down to NLIHC's Resources below. Learn about NLIHC’s top priorities to ensure housing stability during the pandemic.


2020 Calls to Action

BREAKING: Emergency Relief Bill Extends Eviction Moratorium and Provides #RentReliefNow!

Congressional leaders have reached a deal on an emergency COVID-19 relief bill that includes $25 billion in emergency rental assistance and an extension of the CDC’s federal eviction moratorium through January 31! Stay tuned for details of the housing provisions in the COVID-19 relief deal.

This final bipartisan relief bill will provide essential and badly needed protections for renters, tens of millions of whom would otherwise be at risk of losing their homes this winter. This achievement was made possible by the extraordinary advocacy of NLIHC’s members, partners and allies throughout the country, and the leadership and tenacity of congressional champions Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Denny Heck (D-WA), bipartisan negotiators Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Rob Portman (R-OH), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Thank you!

But we’re not done…now we need the bill to be enacted ASAP!

The relief package will be attached to a larger omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2021, the text of which may be filed late tonight. The combined legislation will be voted on in the House tomorrow, followed quickly by a vote in the Senate before it heads to the president’s desk for his signature. The House is voting now on a 24-hour Continuing Resolution to continue funding for the federal government while Congress votes on the larger bills. Stay tuned for NLIHC’s full analysis of the omnibus spending bill, including details on funding levels for HUD and USDA affordable housing programs.

Contact your members of Congress and urge them to quickly enact this vital relief legislation!

To learn more about the bill’s status and contents, join us on Monday at 2:30 pm ET for a special national call on Coronavirus, Disasters, Housing and Homelessness! Register here: https://tinyurl.com/ru73qan

Let’s get this essential legislation across the finish line!

Thank you for your advocacy

Urgent Action is Needed NOW: Call Your Members of Congress


Final decisions over a COVID-19 relief package are being made today, and some Republicans are now opposing the bipartisan agreement to include a one-month extension of the federal eviction moratorium, putting millions of renters at risk of losing their homes starting on January 1.

Members of Congress cannot go back to their homes for the holidays until they ensure that tens of millions of renters won’t lose their homes this winter, during the height of the pandemic.

Contact your members of Congress NOW and urge them to support the bipartisan agreement to extend the federal eviction moratorium and provide $25 billion in emergency rental assistance.

Over 1,500 organizations are joining NLIHC in urging Congress and the CDC to extend the eviction moratorium. Share the letter and your support widely!
 

Background


Nearly one in five renters – disproportionately Black and Latino renters – are behind on their rents. Up to 30 million to 40 million renters are at risk of losing their homes when the eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ends on December 31, during a deadly resurgence of the pandemic. Renters already owe between $34 billion and $70 billion of back rent and will soon face a financial cliff if the CDC moratorium expires. The consequences of congressional inaction will be deadly and costly – for children and families, for communities, and for our country’s ability to contain the pandemic. Evictions risk lives, push families deeper into poverty, and further strain our nation’s public health systems. 

The bipartisan and bicameral compromise relief bill provides $25 billion in emergency rental assistance and extends through January 31 the CDC eviction moratorium to keep renters in their homes while state and local governments work quickly to distribute aid to households in need. The extension would also allow for President-elect Biden to issue an improved eviction moratorium on his first day in office.

Some Republicans are now are trying to back out of the bipartisan agreement to include a one-month extension of the eviction moratorium.

Congressional leaders may reach a decision on this issue today.
 

Take Action


Email and call your members of Congress NOW to demand that any COVID-19 relief package includes the bipartisan agreement to extend the federal eviction moratorium.

Thank you for your advocacy

Urgent Action Needed for #RentReliefNow


The federal eviction moratorium expires in just over two weeks. By then, renters will owe an estimated $70 billion in back rent, more than they can ever pay off. If the federal government doesn’t intervene, tens of millions of people will lose their homes this winter, during the height of COVID-19. The consequences will be catastrophic - for children, families, communities and our country’s ability to contain the pandemic. Watch and share Diane Yentel on CNN International, discussing the stakes and urgency for action.

A bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives have agreed on a compromise COVID relief package. Congressional leadership are currently considering and finalizing the proposal. A deal will likely be announced soon. Congress MUST ACT NOW to take these desperately and urgently needed actions:
 

Extend, Improve and Enforce the CDC Eviction Moratorium
 

The Congressional bipartisan agreement on a COVID-19 relief package includes an extension of the CDC eviction moratorium through January 31, and pairs it with $25B in emergency rental assistance! The extension of the eviction moratorium gives time for states and cities to get emergency rental assistance to renters and landlords, and for President-elect Biden to issue a strengthened eviction moratorium on his first day in office.

Thank you the over 1,500 organizations that joined NLIHC in urging the CDC to extend, improve and enforce its eviction moratorium, which they have the authority to do NOW. We’ve sent the final letter to the CDC today. Tweet about it to show your support! In January, we’ll revise and send the same letter to President-elect Biden urging immediate action after his inauguration.
 

Provide Emergency Rental Assistance
 

The bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill includes $25 billion in emergency rental assistance to keep renters stably housed! The program would be administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to ensure the assistance gets to communities quickly and the funds are targeted to the renters most at risk of eviction.

For more details on the housing provisions in the bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill, read NLIHC’s fact sheet. See NLIHC’s estimate of how much emergency rental assistance each state will receive under the proposal (note: these estimates combine allocations to the state government and local jurisdictions within each state).
 

Extend the Spending Deadline for Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Rental Assistance Programs

Communities have created over 500 emergency rental assistance programs during the pandemic. NLIHC has tracked them all. Most have spent the money quickly, efficiently and effectively. Some have struggled with capacity and other challenges and need more time to get the funds to renters in need. Read this New York Times article on the challenges and need for an extension: “Use it or Lose it: Tenant Aid Effort Nears a Federal Cutoff.”
 

The bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill would extend the spending deadline for these programs and ensure these funds are not reverted to the Treasury
 

Take Action!

 

Call Congress and urge them to enact the COVID-19 relief bill NOW!

The bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill could be added to the final omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. The current continuing resolution (CR) expires on December 18. At that time, Congress must pass another CR or a final spending bill, or risk a government shutdown. Congress may enact a short-term CR to provide them with the time needed to approve a combined omnibus-COVID-19 relief bill as soon as this weekend or early next week.
 

Thank you for your advocacy

 

Deadline Today:
Join Over 1,000 Organizations Demanding CDC Keep Families Housed During the Pandemic

Today (December 15) is the final day to join more than 1,000 organizations signing onto a national letter urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent a catastrophic wave of evictions this winter by extending, improving, and enforcing the federal eviction moratorium.

Without immediate action, the CDC moratorium will expire in 16 days on December 31, and tens of millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their home and, with it, their ability to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy.

We encourage all local, state, and national organizations and elected officials to sign onto the letter to ensure households are able to remain safely, stably housed for the duration of the pandemic.

Click here to sign the letter!

Background

Evictions risk lives, push families deeper into poverty, and further strain our nation’s public health systems. In issuing the federal eviction order in September, the CDC made clear the connection between evictions and our nation’s ability to contain the coronavirus.

Nearly one in five renters – disproportionately Black and Latino renters – are behind on their rents. Experts estimate that these households will owe between $34 billion to $70 billion in back rent when the moratorium expires on December 31. Without an extension, up to 30 million to 40 million renters could lose their homes. In addition to the tremendous harm to families and communities, this wave of evictions could cost the federal government up to $129 billion in shelter, service and other associated costs.

NLIHC and our partners across the country are urging the CDC to extend the eviction moratorium to ensure there is not a gap in protections before President-elect Biden and Congress can reach a deal on a comprehensive relief package that includes a broad moratorium on evictions and at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance. We are also urging the CDC to strengthen the moratorium by closing loopholes and making it easier for renters to be protected, and to enforce the criminal penalties included in the CDC order against landlords who violate the moratorium.

Take Action

Join us in urging the CDC to take immediate action to extend, improve, and enforce the federal eviction moratorium to keep renters stably housed during the pandemic. Any national, state, or local organization or elected official can sign on.

Please share this letter and encourage organizations in your networks to sign on before today’s deadline!

Click here to sign the letter!

Resources


  1. Housing Provisions in December 2020 COVID-19 Relief Package 

Congressional leaders have reached a deal on an emergency COVID-19 relief bill that includes $25 billion in emergency rental assistance.

  1. FAQ on Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program

  1. Estimating the Distribution of State/Territory Allocations for Emergency Rental Assistance

We estimated the total maximum allocation that each state could receive. The amounts could vary if the Treasury Department alters its method.

  1. Housing Provisions in Emergency COVID-19 Relief Package (February 2021)

  1. Overview on National Eviction Moratorium and FAQ for Renters

Federal Moratorium on Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent.