During the most recent national “HoUSed: Universal, Stable, and Affordable Housing” call, Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) discussed the continued push for affordable housing investments in the infrastructure package. We discussed the need for universal housing assistance, heard the latest developments on the CDC eviction moratorium, learned about new research on the health impacts of evictions on young adults, and heard the latest updates from Capitol Hill and the field.
Representative Jayapal shared statistics on how the pandemic has impacted housing instability and homelessness and discussed the dire need for affordable housing investments in the infrastructure package. The congresswoman announced the June 8 reintroduction the “Housing is a Human Right Act,” co-sponsored by Representatives Jayapal and Grace Meng (D-NY).
Peggy Bailey, senior advisor to the HUD secretary, joined the call to share an overview of the administration’s proposed investments in affordable, accessible housing, and the importance of building a sustainable universal housing voucher program. NLIHC’s Sarah Saadian provided Capitol Hill and HoUSed campaign updates, including the release of Representative Maxine Waters’ discussion draft of the “Ending Homelessness Act.” If enacted, the bill would expand housing vouchers over ten years to reach every eligible renter.
Morgan Hoke and Courtney Boen from the University of Pennsylvania detailed the results of a study they conducted on the long-term health impacts of evictions on young adults. Caitlin Goldblatt and Tisha Guthrie from Baltimore Renters United and Sybil Hebb from the Oregon Law Center provided field updates. NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel gave an update on recent developments in the legal battle over the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) eviction moratorium, following a ruling from the federal appeals court (see Memo, 6/7).
NLIHC hosts national calls every week. On today’s call, we will be joined by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). Register for today’s call (Monday, June 14 at 2:30 pm ET) at: https://tinyurl.com/ru73qan
Watch a recording of the June 7 call at: https://tinyurl.com/2fast2ze
Access presentation slides at: https://tinyurl.com/2n7xt3jw