Pandemic rental assistance funding strengthened the renter safety net

Millions of renters face the threat of eviction because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the federal government has allocated an unprecedented amount of funding to keep families in their homes. As these programs begin to exhaust their funding and the newly strengthened renter safety net deteriorates, program leaders are concerned about being forced to return to the conditions before the pandemic, which left more than 20 million renters cost burdened and with little assistance and support. We can leverage the momentum of these newly built programs and staff experiences to promote long-term stability for renters, especially in the face of a worsening housing affordability crisis.

The Urban Institute • February 28, 2022

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Expanding federal support for tenant organizing in federally assisted housing and the housing choice voucher program

The federal government, through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides legal protection and financial support for tenant organizing in several of HUD’s housing programs. Unfortunately, the housing choice voucher (HCV) program lacks the same organizing protections, creating uneven tenant protections throughout HUD’s housing programs. The right to organize has long been viewed as a key component of successful HUD housing programs. HUD directs Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and private owners to support tenant organizing by acknowledging tenant organizations, responding to their advocacy efforts, and, in some cases, provide funding. HUD’s regulations also protect tenants in HUD assisted multi-family housing against retaliatory evictions for organizing.

PRRAC and NHLP • February 2022

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New York City’s housing experts have a wish list for Mayor Adams

Shortly after taking office last month, New York City Mayor Eric Adams introduced the team that will take the lead on affordable housing strategy, headed by Jessica Katz as the city’s chief housing officer. The announcement came not a moment too soon; rents and home prices continue to rise beyond the reach of many, while homelessness and eviction threats are a growing concern. In a city where the topic of housing is never far from view every day, New Yorkers are looking to the new mayor to address the issues they feel must change. 6sqft asked individuals and organizations involved in the city’s housing and real estate sectors to offer an important “wish list” item they would like to see Adams address during his time in office.

6sqft • February 14, 2022

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