Newsom and legislative leaders announce extension of moratorium on evictions and increase in rent relief
Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders from the Senate and Assembly today announced a proposal to extend the statewide moratorium on evictions and increase compensation for the d California rent relief.
The tripartite agreement announced on June 25 to extend the current moratorium on evictions until September 30 “will ensure that California quickly uses more than $ 5 billion in federal rent assistance to help tenants and small homeowners. ‘State and protect vulnerable households from eviction’. the leaders said today in a joint announcement.
The agreement expands rental assistance by strengthening existing legislation. The provisions include increasing the reimbursement to 100 percent for past due rents and potential payments for tenants and landlords. Additionally, the bill ensures that rent assistance dollars stay in California by prioritizing cities and counties with unmet needs, and uses legal process to ensure tenants and residents alike. landlords tried to get rent assistance.
“California is making a strong comeback from the pandemic, but the economic impacts of COVID-19 continue to disproportionately impact so many low-income Californians, renters and small homeowners,” Newsom said in a statement today. . “That’s why I’m grateful for today’s news from the legislature protecting low-income tenants with a longer eviction moratorium and paying their rent and utility bills, through the program. The largest and most comprehensive rental aid in the country, which I look forward to signing on as soon as I receive it. “
Pro-Tempore Senate President Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) said: “Our California housing situation was a crisis before COVID, and the pandemic has only made matters worse – this extension is critical for make sure more people don’t. lose the safety net that helps them keep their homes. While our state may emerge from the pandemic, in many ways the lingering financial impact still weighs heavily on California families. People are trying to find jobs and make ends meet and one of the biggest needs is to extend the moratorium on evictions, which includes maximizing the federal funds available to help as many tenants and landlords as possible, so that they can count on a roof over their heads. while their finances rebound.
“We have made progress in ending this pandemic, but its impact will continue to trickle down to our economy,” added Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), chair of the Senate Housing Committee. “Many tenants are still out of work. . Thousands of families have tragically lost a member of their household to COVID-19, which can be devastating both emotionally and financially. We need to make sure our social safety net remains strong, so that every Californian can stay stably housed. “