What Elected Officials Can Do To Help Families Behind on Rent

The COVID-19 emergency and response by state and local governments have unintentionally resulted in lost wages and other unavoidable harm to millions of families. Those with the lowest incomes have been disproportionately impacted and racial inequities have intensified. Millions of low-income households are behind on their rent and landlords in-turn may be unable to meet their financial obligations.

In March 2021, one of every six renters had fallen behind on their rent payments, putting them at risk for eviction. Without the direct intervention of state and local governments under the federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program, the risk is high for increasing homelessness and permanent losses of affordable housing just as jobs and the economy begin to rebound.

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This resource was created in partnership with the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)