On our most recent (November 8) national call on “HoUSed: Universal, Stable, and Affordable Housing,” we provided updates on the “Build Back Better Act,” discussed a new action on consumer financial protection and new research on evictions, received field updates from Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and more.
NLIHC’s Kim Johnson provided updates from Capitol Hill on the Build Back Better Act and the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Ariel Nelson from the National Consumer Law Center discussed a new advisory opinion from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that states consumer reporting agencies – including tenant screening companies – violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act when they use name-only matching or other insufficient matching procedures to collect consumer data.
Tim Thomas, research director of the Urban Displacement Project at UC Berkeley, provided updates on the Urban Displacement Project’s Housing Precarity Risk Model, a national vulnerability map that forecasts where displacement, eviction, and long-term poverty may increase in the absence of adequate renter protections. According to the model, across the 53 metro areas studied 41% of households, 52% of renters, and 73% of Black renters live in high eviction or high displacement neighborhoods. Juan Pablo Garnham from Eviction Lab discussed his research on evictions in undocumented communities.
James Williams from the Fair Share Housing Center in New Jersey discussed his work enacting the state’s first housing discrimination background check bill, which removes background checks from initial rental applications. Hannah Adams, a staff attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services discussed housing advocacy after Hurricane Ida.
NLIHC’s Emma Foley and Sarah Gallagher provided updates on emergency rental assistance (ERA) expenditure. Four states have completely spent or allocated their ERA1 funds. Chi-Hyun Kim and Gale Schwartz of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania discussed their work implementing Pennsylvania’s ERA program.
Our next call will be today, November 15 at 2:30 pm ET. Register for the call at: tinyurl.com/ru73qan
Find a recording of our November 8 call at: bit.ly/31Uqgpn
View presentation slides at: bit.ly/3n3jVzZ