September 01, 2020

Congressman Neguse Calls for Federal Eviction Moratorium

Washington, D.C. — This week, Congressman Neguse and other House Democrats sent a letter urging the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Treasury, and Agriculture to take immediate action to mitigate the impending wave of evictions and rise in homelessness. The letter specifically requests the Departments implement robust eviction moratoriums, deployment of additional federal funding, and policy remedies to “stem the tide of this oncoming ‘tsunami’ of evictions.” Additionally, the Members’ included letters from the National Housing Law Project and National Low-Income Housing Coalition that cite existing powers the Departments of HUD, Treasury, and Agriculture may use to enact broad eviction moratoriums. 

“Today, another month of rent is due, and yet another month has gone by where House Republicans and the Trump Administration have failed to act. The impending eviction crisis and its devastating outcomes are entirely preventable.” said Congressman Neguse “In May, the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act, comprehensive legislation that would provide almost $200 billion in additional funding for housing and homelessness programs. The Heroes Act seeks to support and protect families by creating a $100 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Fund, extending and expanding eviction moratoriums to all renters, and assisting people experiencing homelessness by providing $11.5 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants and $1 billion in new Section 8 vouchers. A longer-term legislative solution is critical to help Americans in crisis, but the Administration must use its executive authority to take immediate action.”

Read the full letter here.