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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 5, 2021 03:29 PM
From: Representative Sara Innamorato
To: All House members
Subject: Joint State Government Commission Study on Evictions and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Epidemiologists from the University of Pennsylvania have studied the link between tenant evictions and COVID-19 deaths and infection rates. They have determined evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to one death for every 60 evictions[1]. Despite the CDC moratorium, hundreds of thousands of residents of our Commonwealth still could face eviction. We must study this problem and implement policies that are going to keep families in their homes, make communities whole, and slow the spread of COVID-19. 

I am proposing a resolution that instructs the Joint State Government Commission to study the impact that COVID-19 has had on housing stability in Pennsylvania. Topics covered in this study would include the impact state and federal eviction moratoria on communities; recommendations to potential changes in the Landlord and Tenant Act to create more stable housing options and curb homelessness during a disaster emergency; and how tenants, landlords, public utilities, the courts, and municipal governments have navigated housing issues during this pandemic.   

 Please join me in co-sponsoring this study. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Keontay Hodge in my office at Khodge@pahouse.net