In recent days, leading national housing organizations have issued recommendations for President-elect Biden to implement immediately upon the start of his term. Here are two below:
The National Housing Law Project:
- Enact a Broad Eviction Moratorium – NHLP, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), and Eviction Lab recommend a broader, more protective order from the CDC on Day One of the Biden-Harris Administration.
- End the U.S. Evictions Crisis – NHLP proposes a federal response that will minimize the number of evictions occurring, and will mitigate the lasting effects of evictions.
- Expand and Improve Federal Housing Voucher Programs – NHLP recommends generous increases in funding from congress, policies that make vouchers competitive and usable in rental markets, and improvements to the mobility and choice opportunities for voucher holders.
- Preserve and Expand Federal Housing Programs – The Biden-Harris administration needs to demonstrate a commitment to federal housing programs – representing approximately 8.4 million units of affordable housing in this country – to restore the promise of a housing safety net.
- Strengthen Tenants’ Rights – NHLP has developed a proposal for baseline uniform tenants’ rights and incentives for states to better protect their tenants.
- Reform Opportunity Zones – Based on the Biden-Harris “Build Back Better” commitment to racial equity, NHLP recommends sweeping reforms to the Opportunity Zones that will benefit investment communities and their residents.
- Rollback and Reform Housing Regulations – NHLP has compiled a list of proposed regulatory reforms for HUD programs aimed at strengthening tenants’ rights and preserving federal affordable housing. The list also includes a list of rollbacks necessary to repair the damage inflicted on our housing systems in the past 4 years.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition sent a memorandum to President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team, outlining ways the new administration and Congress can address one of the most critical issues facing extremely low-income families today: the lack of decent, accessible, and affordable housing. As the memo states:
“The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has underscored the inextricable link between housing and health, the urgent need to address our nation’s affordable housing crisis, and the systemic racism that has resulted in the pandemic and housing crisis disproportionately harming Black, Latino, and Native people.
Read NLIHC’s memo to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team here: https://bit.ly/32xr8O2