NLIHC, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Mayors & CEOs for US Housing Investment, and the National League of Cities released on April 15 guidance for state, local, tribal, and territorial elected officials on maximizing the federal funding provided in the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act” to address housing instability and homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic.
The CARES Act provides flexible funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to address the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. The guidance advises elected officials to use this funding to take “urgent and bold action” to preserve housing stability for households on the economic margins and provides concrete, actionable steps to do so. The guidance also provides examples from state and local governments around the country that have already taken action to use CARES Act funding to address the housing needs of low-income residents and people experiencing homelessness.
The guidance also calls for additional federal resources in future coronavirus response packages to help address the urgent needs of people experiencing homelessness and those on the brink of homelessness. These recommendations reflect many of NLIHC’s policy priorities for Congress, including an additional $11.5 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants for people experiencing homelessness, $100 billion for emergency rental assistance and eviction prevention, and a national, uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures.
Read the guidance at: https://bit.ly/3co4lXl
Read NLIHC’s full recommendations to Congress at: https://bit.ly/2KaraSv