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Waters on Emergency Housing Legislation: Urgent Action Needed to Prevent Eviction Crisis

Washington, DC, 2020年6月29日

今天, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave the following floor statement regarding her bill, H.R. 7301, the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020. 

谢谢你,先生。扬声器。我起立H.R.的大力支持7301,2020年这一法案的紧急住房保护和救济行为包括被列入,在英雄行为,独立地被一些金融服务委员会成员的带领若干规定。有些人听到这一法案将不明白我们今天要做好这项法案。正如我所说的,这是英雄的一部分行动对通过该房子,但我们一直在等待参议院采取了英雄行为。他们不采取它,他们似乎并不关心,他们似乎不明白,还有人在那里谁是要被驱逐,所以我们拉出来的英雄行为,我们正在采取它独立,这样我们就可以将消息发送到我们希望这项措施听到,所以我们有一些成员谁参与了把这个立法在一起,谁拥有独立的账单这样做的参议院。包括代表威廉·拉西·克莱,丹尼赫克,戴维·斯科特,加西亚CHUY,辛迪axne,娜迪娅·贝拉斯克斯,艾纳·普雷斯利,凯蒂·波特,和人的绿色。 

Mr. Speaker, America was facing an affordable housing crisis before this pandemic hit. With so many families struggling as a result of the pandemic, we are now on the precipice of an eviction and homelessness crisis like we’ve never seen in our lifetimes. 

我们不能再等下去了,我们得到移动。思虑行为是对提供救济的重要一步,但还需要更多的帮助。我们知道,例如,不提供租金援助驱逐暂停只能推迟灾难性后果的家庭将不得不支付,超过他们能负担得起,三到四个月未支付租金一次性在该到期暂停。

This House followed through on providing several additional and targeted housing solutions when it passed the Heroes Act. Unfortunately, in the 45 days since Heroes passed, there has been no action taken by either our Republican colleagues in the Senate or the Trump Administration. This is simply unacceptable.

事实上别人的事今天上午和我重复一遍,我们还没有听到一个词,从本届政府关于租金援助不是一个窥视。我们在2008年金融危机的后果是什么时,国会的行为过于缓慢的善后看到:1000万和丧失抵押品赎回权,几乎17万亿$家庭财富的失去,并在全国各地的无家可归的速率增加。我们看到了如何有色人种社区不成比例与丧失抵押品赎回权和财富的相应损失击中他们已经有针对性的掠夺性抵押贷款产品之后。

目前有超过250万在美国covid-19的确诊病例和超过125,000美国人死亡。疾病控制中心报告,截至6月20日,为covid-19住院率是最高的人,黑色和latinx美国人中。我们也知道颜色账户的必要工作人员的最大部分的人,有预先存在的健康状况发生率较高,具有医疗保健的机会有限,并有机会较少隔离,因为他们不能在家工作。但我必须强调的是,这种流行病没有创造出这样的差距;它只是加剧了他们。我希望这种流行病终于引起广泛公众关注所有这些差距。

Congress cannot fail again to quickly act as we did in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis. Since passage of the Heroes Act, our nation’s renters and homeowners have experienced renewed pressures.

  • When June rent came due, one in three renters were unable to fully pay their rent.
  • On June 14th, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that the number of homeowners in forbearance reached 4.2 million.
  • Since passage of the Heroes Act we have now experienced record days of both new positive coronavirus tests, including in Texas, Florida, Georgia and my state of California.
  • And, since the Heroes Act passed, over 11 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance.

现在有只有25天留下的联邦禁止驱逐截止于7月25日当它,许多家庭谁已经无力支付租金,因为covid-19大流行将面临驱逐和破坏性后果是驱逐对家庭之前,特别是儿童。我们的委员会听取的证词从1月份的一个绅士什么它是当他所有的家当被送出到人行道上,他和他的孩子被强迫他们的家出来等。他告诉我们他是如何落后于租金,而试图获得更高收入的工作和培训如何猛敲他的门,一个上午,而他9岁的儿子正准备上学的警长。他描述了他和他的妻子怎么看着他们所有的个人物品被抛到前面的草坪上,包括像他们的婚纱照纪念价值的物品。他说,“我记得我还是失败了的感觉。失败作为一个丈夫和一个父亲为我的家庭提供一个场所。”几个地主可能收取不予补偿的申请费,因为他们看到了他的纪录的驱逐,他和他的家人住在这甚至比支付租金更昂贵的汽车旅馆后,拒绝了他的申请租用。

Maya Angelou wrote that, “Home is a refuge not only from the world, but a refuge from my worries, my troubles, my concerns.” And we know all too well what happens to families, and especially children, when their homes are forcibly taken from them. We cannot sit idly by.

我们必须明白,aneviction可以破坏一个家庭的生活的各个方面,使他们在失业,无家可归,缝隙或其他中断的风险较大孩子的教育。住房的不稳定可能是对幼儿尤其创伤性,可以有终身的影响。研究表明,孩子们谁驱逐避免因长期住房补贴有更好的教育成果,获得高薪工作的成年人,而且不太可能成为监禁。与他们的记录驱逐许多家庭无法找到另一家陷入无家可归。

We cannot sit idly by and let this eviction crisis cause irreparable harm to millions of families around the country.

The bill before us today pulls out the key housing protection and relief provisions from the Heroes Act. Specifically, let me tell you what the bill does:

  • Provides $100 billion for an emergency rental assistance fund and $75 billion for a homeowners assistance fund to ensure renters and homeowners can cover their housing expenses, including rent, mortgage payments, and utility bills;  
  • Extends and expands the eviction and foreclosure moratoria for all renters and homeowners, as well as provides additional forbearance relief;
  • Provides $18 billion in funding for homeless assistance and other federal housing assistance programs to ensure rents remain affordable and housing is maintained in a safe and decent condition;
  • Creates a lending facility for mortgage servicers and rental property owners to help them finance their obligations and shortfalls in rent;
  • It ensures robust fair housing enforcement and housing counseling to protect all renters and homeowners.

What happens next is up to us. Each of us in this chamber knows the value of a place where we and our family come together, share a meal, and safely rest our heads. We also know that households of color have still not fully recovered from the 2008 crisis, and we know that they will continue to be disproportionately impacted if the pandemic causes the housing crisis to worsen.

I, for one, refuse to do nothing while families suffer. This is an emergency, and it calls for the emergency response provided by this legislation. We can’t wait.

I strongly urge my colleagues to support this bill.

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