Doyle Votes for Emergency Housing Assistance Bill

June 29, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced that he voted in support of H.R. 7301, the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act, which was approved this evening by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 232 to 180.

“I voted to approve H.R. 7301, the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act, when it was approved by the House today,” Congressman Doyle said after the vote.

“This bill would provide $100 Billion in rental assistance and $75 billion in mortgage assistance for low- and middle-income households. It would also extend a moratorium on evictions for 12 months and foreclosures for 6 months and provide $12 billion in housing aid to prevent and reduce homelessness. The Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act would also provide funding for fair housing enforcement and housing counseling to help people navigate their housing options and rights.

“With so many people out of work, this bill is critically needed now to help many families hold on to their homes.

“I recently also joined many of my colleagues in sending a letter to HUD Secretary Ben Carson urging him to extend the current moratorium on evictions from federally subsidized housing.

The Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act would provide much-needed assistance to renters and homeowners who have experienced financial distress as a result of the pandemic and the resulting economic shutdown and as a result are struggling to pay their housing expenses. Nationwide, 32 percent of renters were unable to pay all of their rent at the beginning of June, and 20 percent of renters were unable to make any payment at all. Similarly, the number of homeowners in forbearance reached 4.2 million recently. Specifically, this bill would:

  • Provide $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;  
  • Extend and expand the existing eviction and foreclosure moratoria to cover all renters and homeowners, as well as provide additional forbearance relief;
  • Provide $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;
  • Create a lending facility for mortgage servicers and rental property owners to help them finance their obligations and shortfalls in rent;
  • Provide funding for fair housing enforcement and housing counseling to protect all renters and homeowners

Click here for a one-pager from the Financial Services Committee.

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The Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act must now be considered by the Senate. The provisions of this bill were included in the Heroes Act, which the House approved in May, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring that bill up in the Senate for a vote.

 

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