|Posted:||August 31, 2021 12:25 PM|
|From:||Representative Elizabeth Fiedler and Rep. Sara Innamorato, Rep. Rick Krajewski|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Preventing Evictions and Foreclosures and Promoting Equitable Housing Recovery|
|We plan to legislation to protects tenants and homeowners from evictions and foreclosures related to the COVID-19 emergency.
While management of the pandemic has improved drastically, we are far from a complete recovery. Our offices have received numerous calls from people who are afraid of losing their homes. News outlets reported that 13% of homeowners in the Philadelphia region were behind on their mortgages at the beginning of 2021, and nationwide more than 11 million renters had past due rent. Between July 31 and August 3, 2021, when we had no CDC eviction moratorium in place, our offices received calls from tenants who were facing evictions because they fell behind on rent. Many had lost jobs due to the pandemic and were in dire need of rental assistance to be able to stay in their homes.
These evictions and foreclosures are preventable. This bill requires landlords and mortgage servicers to seek available relief through emergency rental assistance and homeowners assistance programs before moving forward with an eviction or foreclosure. The federal government has allocated $46 billion for emergency rental assistance that states and counties are in the process of distributing. Pennsylvania itself received more than $500 million in Emergency Rental Assistance Funds, and much of it remains untouched. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is also set to administer $350 million in federal funds allocated to help struggling homeowners.
The money is there. We can ensure that tenants and homeowners stay housed at no additional expense to landlords and mortgage companies. To mitigate unnecessary harm to Pennsylvania residents, our legislation will require the following: