Of more than $46bn approved by Congress to help renters, のみ 6.5 per cent distributed in first half of 2021, while CDC eviction moratorium expires 31 7月
The federal government distributed more than $1.5bn in rental assistance in the month of June alone, more aid than was distributed in the previous five months combined, for a total of roughly $3bn, according to the US Department of Treasury.
But that total represents only 6.5 per cent of the more than $46 billion in rental aid approved by Congress during the coronavirus pandemic, and housing advocates have repeatedly warned that prematurely ending federal, state and local 立ち退き bans without getting that assistance to vulnerable households could endanger millions of Americans who have fallen behind on rent.
より多い 11 million renters are behind on rental payments, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
より多い 2.5 million of those households have annual incomes of less than $25,000, と別の 1 million earn less than $35,000, according to US Census Bureau data collected by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
A federal moratorium on evictions through the US 疾病管理予防センター is set to expire on 31 7月.
“I can understand why taxpayers would be concerned if they are at risk of being evicted. There’s no question about that,” US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge told a House committee on 20 7月.
“The money was held up because they didn’t have the assistance or the capacity to get it out fast enough," 彼女は言いました. “Personally, I have been calling mayors and governors and others to say, ‘We’ve got to get the money through the system’ … What we’re seeing today is that the number of resources that are getting out is increasing exponentially every month.”
The number of households receiving assistance grew by 85 per cent in June from May and nearly tripled since April, the Treasury Department reported on Wednesday. 先月, 290,000 households received aid.
“This represents significant progress, but there is still much further work to go to ensure tenants and landlords take advantage of the historic funding available to help cover rent, utilities, and other housing costs and keep people in their homes,” the agency said in a statement from the White House.
Despite a rising number of households receiving assistance to pay off months of rent and housing costs following the economic fallout from the public health crisis, state and local governments have struggled to get it into their hands.
The administration has urged state and local governments, legal aid organisations, court systems and community groups to help raise awareness of available aid and speed up relief.
“Funds are still not flowing fast enough to renters and landlords,” the Treasury Department said. “Treasury is continuing an all-out effort, in coordination with the White House and interagency partners, to get the word out about the availability of rental assistance and to support grantees in ramping up their efforts.”
An assessment by Eviction Lab from the moratorium’s first six months reported more than 163,000 9月から2月までの小作農立ち退きの提出– a 44 組織が通常の年に報告するものからのパーセントスパイク.
Those filings also include cities and states with strong protections against evictions during the pandemic. 少なくとも 1.55 million fewer eviction cases were filed nationwide in 2020 than in a typical year, EvictionLabによると.
But in the six states and 31 cities the group tracks, landlords filed for more than 444,000 evictions during the pandemic, 以上を含む 6,000 within the second week of July, according to its status report.
“If the CDC eviction moratorium expires or is overturned before those funds are expended, millions of renters would be at immediate risk of losing their homes,” Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition 声明で言った 先月. “The result would be an historic wave of evictions, with tremendous, harmful consequences to individuals, コミュニティ, and our nation’s public health.”
The CDC measure applies to individual renters making $99,000 or less and couples earning less than $198,000 or living in “congregate housing” who must declare that they are unable to pay for housing because of Covid-19-related hardships and risk homelessness if evicted.
Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan – a $1.9 trillion package to combat the crisis – extended the moratorium and provided billions of dollars in rental and housing assistance, although housing advocates and progressive lawmakers have sought permanent or long-term solutions to the housing crisis and have revived calls to cancel rent and mortgage payments.
The moratorium was extended several times during the pandemic. A federal judge recently argued that the order does not have the legal authority to impose a nationwide moratorium on evictions, a ruling challenged by the US Department of Justice.
オン 24 六月, the CDC extended the moratorium for a “final” time.
立ち退きの凍結が差し迫った危機を止めている間, lawmakers, housing advocates and a group of bipartisan mayors in 33 都市, とりわけ, have warned that temporary fixes cannot address the lasting impacts of the nation’s affordability crisis.
While the Emergency Rental Assistance programme is “helping develop a new national infrastructure for rental assistance and eviction prevention that did not previously exist” and is scaling quickly, available data has shown an uneven response.
イリノイ, the Treasury Department, notes, “went from reporting zero assistance deployed in May to being the second highest provider of rental assistance among all grantees in June”, according to the Treasury Department.
Emergency Rental Assistance programmes in Texas and Virginia have helped distribute more than $137m and $155m in assistance, それぞれ, while Rhode Island did not disperse any funds until May, when it paid out $100,000 to assist six households, according to agency data.
先月, New Orleans officials reported that the $42m it was set to receive in rental aid covered only half the number of applicants.
While home sales have surged during the pandemic despite higher prices, the boom has locked in existing racial disparities and higher cost burdens, according to a recent report ハーバード大学住宅研究共同センターから.
より多い 80 収入が少ない賃借人の割合 $25,000 以上を費やした 30 住宅収入のパーセント, 過半数が収入の半分以上を住宅に費やしました, 見つかったレポート.
その間, nationwide rates of homelessness have grown for the fourth consecutive year, the Housing Department found.
1月の一夜に 2020, パンデミック宣言の2か月前, 大まかに 580,000 人々–または約 18 すべての 10,000 米国の人々–ホームレスを経験していました, 以上 2 からのパーセント増加 2019.