White House Update on Eviction Prevention

Posted By: Jon Lowder Blog ,

On Friday, the White House issued the following statement to those who had attended its June Summit on Eviction Prevention to promote housing stability and to discuss eviction diversion solutions that keep Americans, particularly those still affected by the economic fallout from the pandemic, in their homes.

In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the CDC eviction moratorium, we wanted to share some of the actions the Biden-Harris Administration is taking:

  • This week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced new measures to help protect vulnerable tenants and landlords, including steps the Treasury Department is taking to strengthen existing guidance and implement new policies to ensure that state and local grantees can further accelerate Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) to aid the struggling landlords and renters most at risk of eviction. Most notably, Treasury is providing even more explicit permission for grantees to utilize self-attestation without further documentation in order to speed the delivery of assistance to households in need during the public health emergency. The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Veterans Affairs (VA) also took additional action to protect and support vulnerable renter households. For a full rundown of actions, see this fact sheet.
  • Today, the Secretaries of HUD and Treasury, along with the Attorney General, wrote a letter to governors, mayors, county executives, and chief justices and state court administrators to issue their own moratoria, stay evictions while rental assistance applications process, and use ERA and State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to enhance tenant access to legal representation.

We will continue to do everything we can to keep people housed and urge all entities that can prevent evictions – from cities and states to local courts, landlords, bar associations, philanthropy, nonprofits, and others – to do the same.

For questions specifically pertaining to the administration of the ERA program, please email emergencyrentalassistance@treasury.gov. For all other questions, please email evictionprevention@who.eop.gov.