The Opportunity Starts at Home multisector affordable homes campaign on May 7 launched a "Take Action" page where advocates can send pre-formatted letters to their federal elected officials urging them to include the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act" in the next coronavirus relief package. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Representative Denny Heck (D-WA), and over 120 cosponsors introduced the bill, which would provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to avert a surge in evictions and homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, introduced companion legislation in the Senate.
Please encourage your networks to use the Take Action page to reach out to their federal elected officials. To send the letter, simply type in your street address, click “submit,” and the letter automatically goes directly to your senator and representative. To take action today, click here.
Additionally, members of the campaign’s Steering Committee and Roundtable sent a letter on May 6 to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy urging Congress to include the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” in the next coronavirus relief package. Signatories included leading national organizations from health, education, civil rights, child welfare, faith, and environmental protection.
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