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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: October 26, 2021 10:43 AM
From: Representative Sara Innamorato
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution: Urging the Joint State Government Commission to Study the Impact of COVID-19-Related Evictions and Eviction Moratoriums

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.  The October 2021 U.S. Census Pulse Survey conveyed that approximately 840,564 Pennsylvanians missed last month’s rent or mortgage payment and have no confidence they can meet next month’s on time.
With nearly one in three households renting their home in Pennsylvania, a study is clearly needed to identify and implement policies that keep families in their homes, save lives, and preserve communities.
I am proposing a resolution instructing the Joint State Government Commission to study the impact evictions and eviction moratoriums have on the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we need to determine the impact of the various eviction moratoriums in 2020; potential changes to the Landlord and Tenant Act to create more stable housing scenarios during a declared disaster emergency; and how tenants, landlords, public utilities, the courts, and municipal governments have handled this unprecedented situation. 
Please join me as we determine the lessons learned from the Covid-19 and how we can keep Pennsylvania families in their homes.

Introduced as HR160