Beadon administration officials say additional assistance is urgently needed: by the end of April, nearly seven million Americans were behind in paying their rent.
The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has announced an allocation of .6 21.6 billion in emergency rent assistance to help prevent the eviction of people who lost their jobs during the epidemic.
The administration also announced changes to the rental assistance program on Friday that did not reach many of those who needed help to resolve the crisis.
This latest aid bid for tenants was included in the $ 1.9 trillion relief package given to Biden by Congress in March. It followed b 25 billion in emergency rent assistance in the b 900 billion COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress in December.
Administration officials said additional assistance was urgently needed because by the end of April about seven million Americans were behind in paying their rent. More than 40 percent of these tenants fear they could be evicted over the next two months.
Among the changes announced by the administration on Friday, government agencies implementing rent relief activities will be required to provide direct assistance to tenants if landlords decide not to participate.
Also, if landlords decide not to participate in the program, the waiting time for delivery of assistance to tenants has been cut in half.
Jean Sperling, White House coordinator of the American Rescue Plan, said the administration’s goal was to get people hired as quickly as possible.
“We need to make sure that we are humble enough to meet the growing demands as we implement these emergency funds,” Sparling told a news briefing. “Basic housing security is fundamental to the dignity of all Americans.”
A federal judge in Washington on Wednesday last year overturned a nationwide moratorium that the Trump administration imposed last year and was extended until June 30 by Biden.
At the briefing, administration officials noted that the judiciary had already appealed the decision and stayed the verdict for 10 days. The administration is trying to escalate the situation until the Federal Court of Appeals rules.