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EVICTION CRISIS IN THE U.S. 2021

LEGISLATION MUST BE PASSED TO FIX THIS

UPDATE: On August 26th, 2021, the Supreme Court lifted the Biden administration's newest federal ban on evictions, granting a bid from a group of landlords to block pandemic-related protections for renters facing eviction in most of the country.

The court said that "if a federally imposed eviction moratorium is to continue, Congress must specifically authorize it." (CBS News, 8-27-21)

President Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi had all of August to stop this and did not. They also had all of July to stop this and acted too late.

7-11 Million Americans now face eviction and being tossed out into the cold.

And nearly 3.7 million people say they feel it is somewhat or very likely they’ll be tossed out in the next two months. The most recent U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey, which was conducted from Aug. 18-30, finds that nearly 7.7 million Americans are behind on their rent. Nearly half, some 3.3 million, are one or two months behind, but 1.1 million are more than six months behind on rent payments (with nearly 744,000 being behind by eight months or more).

For the millions of Americans facing eviction, this is a complete social catastrophe. This cannot be reversed.

The U.S. rent crisis has escalated dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar introduced the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act in March 2021 in order to provide aid to those struggling to meet payment deadlines. Under this bill, all renters and people in debt with a mortgage would be exempt from rent and mortgage payments throughout the pandemic.

More action is needed during this ongoing crisis. People are already struggling to pay their medical bills and now are at risk of being thrown out onto the street. Not only this, but the country is continuously running out of affordable places for people to stay. Even though interest rates and mortgages are currently at an all-time low, wealthy Americans are taking advantage of this opportunity to keep furthering themselves financially instead of first-time buyers. The U.S. needs to deal with this problem immediately. The gap between the rich and the poor is only growing.

What is also devastating is that 89% of Rental Assistance Funds Have Not Been Distributed, Figures Show. (New York Times, 8-25-21)


HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE CORI BUSH SHOWED GREAT LEADERSHIP

IN LEADING DEMONSTRATION ON CAPITOL STEPS TO DEMAND EXTENSION OF EVICTION MORATORIUM

Representative Cori Bush Sleeps on Capitol Steps To Push for Extension of Eviction Moratorium (Facebook Video, 7-31-21)

Cori Booker delivers a powerful message for the 7-11 million Americans facing eviction: "We won't stop fighting for you."


RENT AND MORTGAGE CANCELLATION ACT

Ilhan Omar Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act Summary (Earth Future Action)

H.R.1847 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act of 2021 (Congress)

Rep. Ilhan Omar Introduces Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act (Rep. Omar's Official Site, 3-11-21)

Read More From The Hill On Omar Reintroducing the Bill (The Hill, 3-11-21)

More Information From Politico (Politico, 5-4-21)

Read Rep. Ilhan Omarís Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act of 2020 Here Older Bill

 

NEWS LINKS ABOUT THE CRISIS

Nearly 1.4 million Americans expect to be evicted in the next 2 months (Fortune, 9-27-21)

About 89% of Rental Assistance Funds Have Not Been Distributed, Figures Show (New York Times, 8-25-21)

US Housing Market: Landlords Are Jacking Up Rents at Record Speeds (Bloomberg, 8-18-21)

Calling New Eviction Ban 'Just a Start,' Omar Says Rent Should Be Canceled Until End of Pandemic (Common Dreams, 8-5-21)

'A Devastating Failure': Eviction Ban Expires as House Goes on Vacation and Biden Refuses to Act (Common Dreams, 8-1-21)

Federal eviction protections have ended, leaving renters scrambling (Vox, 8-1-21)

AOC, Housing Advocates Slam 'Reckless' Biden Plan to Allow Evictions to Resume | Common Dreams News (Common Dreams 7-23-21)

New York Times Article Discussing Further Issues Within This Crisis (New York Times, 6-16-21)

Forbesí Three Predictions For The Rental And Housing Market In 2021 (Forbes, 12-28-21)

Washington Post Article About What Biden is Doing to Combat the Rent Crisis (Washington Post, 6-30-21)

 

ORGANIZATIONS

National Low Income Housing Coalition Website

 

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