New Report! End Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions (ERASE): History, Successes, and Highlights
The brief End Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions (ERASE): History, Successes, and Highlights recounts the origin of NLIHC’s ERASE project – which formally concludes this year – and explains the project’s aims and structure, surveys the achievements of the ERASE team, and details the successes of ERASE cohort members. The brief also discusses how NLIHC plans to draw on lessons learned from ERASE to continue advocating for federal, state, and local policy innovations that promote housing stability and reduce homelessness.
The End Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions (ERASE) project is a national effort by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) to ensure that the historic $46.6 billion in emergency rental assistance (ERA) enacted by Congress during the pandemic has reached the lowest-income and most marginalized renters for whom it was intended and that we build on the successes of the pandemic-era ERA program to develop permanent programs and broaden renter protections in the future.
The ERASE project seeks to eliminate rental indebtedness caused by the pandemic and set the stage for permanent solutions to promote housing stability, advance equity, and prevent evictions over the long term by (1) tracking and analyzing emergency rental assistance utilization; (2) documenting and sharing best practices and toolkits; (3) influencing and shaping program design at federal, state, and local levels; (4) developing key partnerships for outreach and education; and (5) assessing remaining needs to inform advocacy for long-term investments and tenant protections to end housing instability and homelessness in the United States.
Early demographic data show that our collective effort to ensure emergency rental assistance reaches those households most in need has been successful. Two-thirds of households receiving assistance had extremely low incomes, while 43% of households receiving ERA identified as Black and 20% identified as Latino(a). Research indicates that the unprecedented investment in rental assistance, coupled with new local, state, and federal tenant protections, prevented millions of renter households from being evicted. Research from Princeton University’s Eviction Lab meanwhile finds that government interventions resulted in the prevention of approximately 1.36 million evictions in 2021.
Beyond Housing Stability: Understanding Tenant and Landlord Experiences and the Impact of ERA
NLIHC, the Housing Initiative at Penn (HIP), and the Reinvestment Fund (RF) released a joint report on tenant and landlord experiences with the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s (Treasury) Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program.
Emergency Rental Assistance: The Path to a Permanent Program
2021/2022 ERASE Cohort Summary. This document provides a summary of the 2021/2022 ERASE cohort projects and the impact of the ERASE Cohort in supporting emergency rental assistance implementation.
Building off the ERASE Checklist, the ERASE Assessment provides is a survey designed to help understand the program features each ERA program is implementation. The ERASE Assessment can be helpful in guiding program improvement plans, local system change efforts, and in tracking progress in ERA implementation over time.
The Assessment is broken into three parts: Visible, Accessible and Preventive. To complete the assessment, indicate for each program feature/question if the ERA program you administer or are working with is implementing, not implementing but interested, or not implementing and not interested in the specified program feature
Emergency Rental Assistance: Blueprint Supplemental
This document shares stories about how the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s (Treasury) Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program has benefited the lowest-income renters around the country. Provided by members of NLIHC’s End Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions (ERASE) 2021/2022 Cohort, the stories highlight tenant and landlord experiences with ERA that align with important takeaways from the ERASE project’s 2022 report Emergency Rental Assistance: A Blueprint for a Permanent Program.
Emergency Rental Assistance: A Blueprint for A Permanent Program
The report examines the implementation of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s (Treasury) Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program by state and local organizations in order to identify policies and practices that led to successful implementation and provide recommendations for model programs. By offering a compendium of new research, innovative tools, and shared experiences in the implementation of ERA, the report aims to provide a blueprint that could be used to establish a permanent ERA program in the future.
Extending the Reach of Emergency Rental Assistance
Leveraging Federal Resources. The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), HOME Investment Partnerships-American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP), and Community Development Block Grants-Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) programs – can be used to bridge the gap between the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s (Treasury) Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program and the provision of longer-term rental assistance.
The ERASE Checklists are designed to help you make a quick assessment to determine if your emergency rental assistance program is visible, accessible, and preventive and to offer strategies for program design and implementation, partnership development and course correction.
For more information, contact Sarah Gallagher, ERASE Senior Project Director, at [email protected].