佩洛西和麦康奈尔需要达成刺激协议以保护租房者

戴维·德沃金(David Dworkin)是奥巴马和特朗普政府的前美国财政部官员, 全国住房大会首席执行官. 本评论中表达的观点是他自己的观点.

Perspectives David Dworkin

Congress is inching closer to an agreement on a bipartisan Covid-19 relief plan. It is essential that House and Senate leaders step up and make a deal that includes critically needed emergency funds for additional unemployment insurance, 学校, small businesses and liability protection. All of these needs are severe, but none is more immediate than emergency rental assistance to prevent a massive wave of evictions in the weeks ahead.

Problem Solvers Caucusa group of 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans from the House and Senate organized to help solve pressing challenges with bipartisan solutionshas drafted a proposal that would provide an immediate $ 25 billion in funding for rent relief. It is the minimum necessary, and unfortunately, it is also likely the maximum that can pass. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell need to agree to take the offer.
If Congress fails to act, millions will lose their homes during the most devastating stage of the pandemic, when more than 1,000 美国人 are dying of Covid-19 each day and just as winter approaches.
    While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium has staved off most evictions for low- to moderate-income households, its application is uncertain and uneven. It also does nothing to address the risk of eviction when it expires less than a month from now. Nor does it address the needs of millions of apartment owners, most of whom are small businesses. Moratoria are not enough. They simply kick the can down the road and allow the pressure to grow on both landlords and tenants. An eviction moratorium also does nothing to pay the rent that is already owed, or the mortgage and tax bills that apartment owners owe now.
    根据 National Council of State Housing Agencies, the rent shortfall by January will be between $ 25 billion and $ 34 十亿. Much more will be needed for sustained support of vulnerable renters into 2021. 民主党人 have insisted on $ 100 billion to address the rental crisis. 参议院共和党人’ $ 500 billion proposal did not include eviction protections for renters or additional funding for renters. But counting dollars is useless if you can’t count votes and Democrats don’t have the votes.
      Eviction is one of the most public consequences of failed policy. Families are removed from their homes and their belongings are often deposited on the curb, in full view of their children, their neighbors and anyone else who is there. The impact of this scene on a massive scale will be devastating and reverberate well into the new year.
      The Problem Solvers plan isn’t perfect, but it is a start, and it is one of the few solutions that is supported by a diverse mix of bipartisan policymakers. There is no time left for more debate, delay or delusion.

      评论被关闭.