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GOOD NEWS: Congress Includes Homelessness and Housing Funds in COVID-19 Relief Package

Published in Advocacy on March 26, 2020.

Please see this excerpted update from the National Low Income Housing Coalition:

Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan agreement on a $2 trillion direct spending bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to tremendous advocacy nationwide (Network voices included!), the bill provides more than $12 billion in funding for HUD programs, including: $4 billion for Emergency Solutions Grants for homelessness assistance, $5 billion in Community Development Block Grants, $1.25 billion for the Housing Choice Voucher program, $1 billion for project based rental assistance, $685 million for public housing, $300 million for tribal nations, and more. The bill also institutes a much-needed temporary moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for homeowners and renters in federally subsidized apartments and homes with federally backed mortgages.

For more details on what’s in the bill for housing and homelessness, see NLIHC’s full analysis and chart.

We have a lot more work ahead of us as this crisis unfolds. NLIHC and our Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition of over 850 organizations will urge HUD to get these new resources to communities in need as quickly and effectively as possible, and we will continue to push for additional resources and policies needed to keep people experiencing homelessness safe and healthy and to ensure that low-income renters are stably housed. A full list of DHRC policy recommendations is available at: https://nlihc.org/responding-coronavirus

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