Congress Goes Home While Tens of Millions of Renters Risk Losing Theirs

The Senate officially adjourned for August recess through Labor Day, walking away from negotiations over the next coronavirus relief package and leaving tens of millions of renters on their own as they face evictions and imminent risk of homelessness.

Contact your members of Congress and demand that they #GetBackToWork and #DoYourJob to pass a comprehensive relief package. The time for political games and brinksmanship has long passed. Negotiations must restart to reach a deal that includes robust housing and homelessness protections and resources.

Take Action

  1. Contact your senators and representatives and demand that Congress restart negotiations and pass the essential housing provisions of the HEROES Act. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email!
  2. Use NLIHC’s Advocacy Toolkit and urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure people stay stably housed.
  3. Call out the need for #RentReliefNow on social media using NLIHC’s sample social media posts and images. Tag your member of Congress and demand action!
  4. Publish op-eds and letters to the editor in your local papers using NLIHC’s media toolkit here.

Without significant and sustained action by Congress, 30 to 40 million renters are at risk of being evicted by the end of the year. The White House and congressional leaders must return to the negotiating table and work out a deal for the next coronavirus relief package that includes the essential resources and protections provided in the HEROES Act, including NLIHC’s top priorities: a national, uniform moratorium on all evictions for nonpayment of rent; at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance through the "Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” and housing vouchers; and $11.5 billion to help prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness.

The cost of inaction is far greater than the cost of providing essential rental assistance to households at risk of eviction and homelessness. The stakes could not be higher. Every day of inaction puts more seniors, people with disabilities, families, and other individuals at imminent risk of losing their homes.

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