“To be able to understand the eviction crisis that we’re facing today, we have to recognize where we were before Covid-19 came to our country –and that was in the midst of a severe affordable housing crisis,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).
“When people are struggling to afford their rent, when they’re facing eviction, or in worst cases, when they’re homeless, their health suffers,” explained Yentel.
“There’s real, there’s real harm done, to individual people, to families, to kids to communities, and really to our whole country, when we allow homelessness and housing poverty to persist.”
Although the order should help distressed renters in the short term, Yentel warned it can be a double-edged sword, enabling people to get further into debt.
“They are accruing more debt over this period of Covid-19 than they can pay off in their lifetime.”
“There are long-term consequences that a renter faces, even from one eviction filing on their record. It can make it much more difficult for them to find decent, adequate and affordable housing in the future,” said Yentel.
“Members of Congress in their district offices have people who are responsible for knowing all of the local programs that might be able to help.”
For those experiencing homelessness
Long before Covid-19, the United States was facing a homeless crisis….