An expanded Eviction Moratorium, including a ban on all eviction filings, summons, hearings, judgments, and writs of execution;
- The moratorium must go further than what passed in the HEROES Act by including all eviction types, not just those for non-payment of rent;
- The moratorium must be automatic, not placing the burden on the tenants to apply for protection;
- The moratorium must not allow for criminal prosecution as the result of mistakes or omissions on any declaration;
- The moratorium should not come with an arbitrary end date but rather triggered by a set of economic and public health indicators.
Emergency Housing for everyone in congregate housing (shelter, jail, prison, youth detention center, group or nursing home), fully accessible to people with disabilities, and individuals, families, and people who want to stay with a roommate or aide. Such shelter should be guaranteed until a safe, effective vaccine is available to all.
Rent and Mortgage Cancellation (H.R. 6515 The Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act), including rent and mortgage payment suspension for the duration of the crisis; a relief fund for property owners, conditioned on a set of critical tenant protections; and, an affordable housing acquisition fund. This policy should also include debt erasure for the months of accumulated rental arrears.
- If rental assistance (like the $100 billion funds in the HEROES Act) remains the favored policy, it must be amended to include the following principles from rent cancellation:
- Universal access, including for immigrants regardless of documentation status, participants in the informal economy (i.e. food vendors, home care workers, etc.), and others for whom means-testing may be prohibitive;
- Conditions for landlords who benefit from the assistance funds (see H.R. 6515 for a thorough list), including at least a five-year rent freeze and compliance with other critical tenant protections such as just-cause evictions, a ban on source of income discrimination, and more;
- Cancellation of rent, funding for capital repairs, and further administrative relief for Public Housing Authorities, who lack the capacity to perform systems-wide recertifications to address significant numbers of rental adjustment reviews due to tenants’ loss of income.