Join us on September 13 from 2 to 3 pm ET for a webinar featuring researchers from NLIHC, the Housing Initiative at Penn (HIP), and the Reinvestment Fund (RF) who will present findings from their jointly authored and soon-to-be-released report, Beyond Housing Stability: Tenant Experiences with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact caused millions of people to fall behind on their rent, placing them at risk of eviction and increased exposure to a life-threatening virus. More than 8 million renter households – the great majority of them low-income and disproportionately people of color – were behind on their rent by the end of 2020. In response, the federal government created the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program, a temporary initiative administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and designed to help low-income renters address rent and utility arrears, and appropriated an unprecedented $46.55 billion in funding. The new report – which will be released on August 31 – utilizes applicant-level administrative and survey data to evaluate how tenants and landlords experienced the ERA program, measuring tenant outcomes, examining tenant experiences applying for ERA, and assessing the ERA program’s success in promoting housing stability, financial security, health, and child well-being during a national emergency. In addition to staff from NLIHC, presenters will include:
- Cypress Marrs, Housing Initiative at Penn
- Rebecca Yae, Housing Initiative at Penn
- Emily Dowdall, Reinvestment Fund