Campaign Launches Call to Action, Sends Letter to CDC Director

The Opportunity Starts at Home multisector affordable homes campaign sent a letter on December 16 to Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urging him to take immediate action to prevent a catastrophic wave of evictions this winter by extending, improving, and enforcing the federal eviction moratorium. The letter was signed by 49 organizations from an array of sectors, including health, education, food security, civil rights, faith, homelessness, seniors, child well-being, environmental protection, municipal governance, gender equity, animal protection, and more. Signatories include: AARP, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, Catholic Charities USA, Healthy Schools Campaign, Cleveland Clinic, Food Research & Action Center, Humane Society, NAACP, National Education Association, National League of Cities, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Episcopal Church, and many more. Click here to read the letter.

Additionally, the campaign launched a Call to Action in which advocates can send a pre-formatted letter to their senators and representatives, urging them to enact the recently released bipartisan pandemic relief bill. The bill, which was introduced on December 14 by a bipartisan group of senators and representatives, includes $25 billion for emergency rental assistance and a one-month extension of the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This bipartisan emergency relief bill is an essential and urgently needed step towards keeping low-income renters housed this winter. Click here to send a letter now!

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