Statement of CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman on the Importance of Including Emergency Rental Assistance in a Senate Stimulus Package

Date Published: 
July 23rd, 2020
Media Contact:
David Greer, CLPHA
dgreer@clpha.org
 (202) 550-1381
 
For Immediate Release
July 23, 2020
 
 

(Washington, D.C.) July 23, 2020 -- CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman released the following statement on why the Senate must include emergency rental assistance in its next COVID-19 stimulus package:

 
"Renters across the nation are facing devastating consequences with eviction moratoriums and unemployment insurance set to expire in the next few days. As the Senate debates the latest stimulus package, it must include emergency rental assistance. Without it, many of the gains provided in the CARES Act protections will be lost, which will leave many families teetering on the cliff of housing insecurity. The cost created by allowing the vulnerable to become homeless is great not only in human terms, but also monetary in that the additional costs to care for the homeless are greater than keeping people adequately housed. Housing Choice Vouchers are the most effective means to distribute emergency rental assistance because it can deliver relief immediately. The Senate must act now to prioritize emergency rental assistance in this stimulus package."

 

About the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities is a national non-profit organization that works to preserve and improve public and affordable housing through advocacy, research, policy analysis and public education. CLPHA’s 70 members represent virtually every major metropolitan area in the country. Together they manage 40 percent of the nation’s public housing program; administer more than a quarter of the Housing Choice Voucher program; and operate a wide array of other housing programs. Learn more at clpha.org and on Twitter @CLPHA and follow @housing_is for news on CLPHA’s work to better intersect the housing field and other areas of critical importance such as health and education.

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