Opportunity Starts at Home, a multisector affordable homes campaign, issued a statement addressing the inadequate and unacceptable COVID-19 relief package proposed by Senate Republicans. Prominent national leaders from various sectors (e.g., education, health, civil rights, food security, municipal governance, faith, domestic violence, social work, and more) offered remarks about why the Senate Republicans’ proposal is unacceptable and why Congress must include critical housing resources and protections in the next relief package.
“After months of inaction to further respond to the struggles working families are facing due to COVID-19, Leader McConnell’s proposal is an embarrassment,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “It is a morally deficient response that will cost additional lives, increase evictions, and delay our economic recovery. Congress needs to drastically step up for the people working on the frontlines and bearing the brunt of this crisis. Having a place to call home is a human right, and no one should have to worry about keeping a roof over their heads during a global pandemic.”
Read the full statement here.
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