During the COVID-19 pandemic, MEND has witnessed first-hand the struggle of economically disadvantaged households. As the pandemic continues to run its course and our economic outlook worsens, new challenges arise for the people MEND supports: families, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities.
In an effort to protect and meet the urgent needs of those who might be on the brink, MEND is joining other concerned citizens and organizations in urging federal elected officials to include critical housing resources in the proposed forthcoming “Phase 4” COVID-19 relief package.
Congress previously enacted the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which included $12 billion in housing and homelessness resources. While MEND was pleased to see this first, important step, more resources are urgently needed to ensure vulnerable populations are cared for. These resources include:
- At least $11.5B in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) to assist the homeless
- National moratorium on evictions + $100B for emergency rental assistance
- Emergency funds for public housing and other HUD housing providers
- Expanded vouchers and/or creation of renters’ tax credit
- Increase in investments in the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF)
- Preservation of public housing
- New incentives and resources for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)
Our hope is to continue to provide life-saving housing resources to low-income renters. No individual or family should have to skimp on basic necessities or worry about having a safe and secure place to live, especially now.
To submit your own letter, visit https://www.opportunityhome.org/take-action/urge-congress-to-address-remaining-housing-homelessness-needs-in-next-coronavirus-package/.