Battling the COVID-19 pandemic may seem difficult, now imagine fighting the virus without a place to call home. Millions of Americans’ paychecks, or lack thereof, are causing them to fall short of their rent which in turn leaves renters’ lives uprooted by looming evictions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the housing crisis, consequentially the lives of both low-income renters and small landlords have begun to crumble. As of today, tenants already owe $25 billion in back rent. That number is expected to do nothing other than skyrocket in the next few months. With bipartisan support, the only thing the next COVID-19 deal is missing is public pressure and prioritization.
We have the opportunity to help renters and small landlords avoid imminent evictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I urge our senators, Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, to vote for ambitious emergency rental assistance that directs $100 billion to aid bankrupt tenants and soon-to-be homeless citizens.
Ashley Grills, Manhattan