With thanks to the National Low Income Housing Coalition for this update:
Congressional leaders have reached a deal on an emergency COVID-19 relief bill that includes $25 billion in emergency rental assistance and an extension of the CDC’s federal eviction moratorium through January 31! Stay tuned for details of the housing provisions in the COVID-19 relief deal.
This final bipartisan relief bill will provide essential and badly needed protections for renters, tens of millions of whom would otherwise be at risk of losing their homes this winter. This achievement was made possible by the extraordinary advocacy of NLIHC’s members, partners and allies throughout the country, and the leadership and tenacity of congressional champions Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Denny Heck (D-WA), bipartisan negotiators Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Rob Portman (R-OH), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
But we’re not done…now we need the bill to be enacted ASAP!
The relief package will be attached to a larger omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2021, the text of which may be filed late tonight. The combined legislation will be voted on in the House tomorrow, followed quickly by a vote in the Senate before it heads to the president’s desk for his signature. The House is voting now on a 24-hour Continuing Resolution to continue funding for the federal government while Congress votes on the larger bills. Stay tuned for NLIHC’s full analysis of the omnibus spending bill, including details on funding levels for HUD and USDA affordable housing programs.
Contact your members of Congress and urge them to quickly enact this vital relief legislation!
To learn more about the bill’s status and contents, join us on Monday at 2:30 pm ET for a special national call on Coronavirus, Disasters, Housing and Homelessness! Register here: https://tinyurl.com/ru73qan