For Immediate Release
July 30, 2020
(Washington, D.C.) July 30, 2020 -- CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman released the following statement on why the Senate must adequately fund COVID-19 emergency rental assistance in their next stimulus package:
“CLPHA calls on the Senate to address the growing crisis for renters bearing the brunt of our national economic meltdown. While the HEALS Act funds immediate and emergency COVID needs in public housing and Housing Choice Vouchers, it ignores the majority of low-income renters who do not currently receive rental assistance and face the ever-mounting possibility of eviction and homelessness. CLPHA supports the House-passed HEROES Act, which includes $100 billion for emergency rental assistance.
Emergency rental assistance relief should include flexibility in delivery systems in order to be effective. The Housing Choice Voucher platform provides a large program infrastructure already serving local landlords and renters. Waivers in the CARES Act allow for a quick scale up to deliver billions in rental assistance.
CLPHA strongly urges that the Senate to pass legislation that addresses the needs of the millions of vulnerable people at the greatest risk of housing insecurity as the pandemic continues its health and economic devastation.”
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.