Family Promise, a national nonprofit fighting family homelessness, says many families will be at risk of eviction until federal relief funding reaches local communities.
Summit, NJ – July 31, 2021 – 6 million Americans who are behind on rent will be at risk for eviction and losing their homes at the end of the week following the expiration of the federal eviction moratorium. Family Promise, a national nonprofit which works to prevent and end family homelessness, says that funding for families at-risk of homelessness through the American Recovery Plan and CARES Act is a great step, but that many will be evicted before that funding reaches providers in communities.
“The moratorium was a tremendous effort to keep people in housing as have been the various funding sources from the American Recovery Plan and the CARES Act,” said Claas Ehlers, Family Promise CEO. “The problem is they are not coordinated, and that funding is not getting to families before the eviction moratorium ends.”
The federal eviction moratorium, which was put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect renters from losing their homes amidst the health crisis, was last scheduled to expire on June 30, but was extended until July 31.
At Family Promise, we believe that it is crucial that housing relief funding reaches providers and communities before the eviction moratorium ends. But more importantly, we need to adopt a long-term focus on addressing issues that caused housing instability long before the pandemic hit. We know racial, gender, and economic disparities impact housing status in America and that this impact was exacerbated by the pandemic.
If you are a member of the press who would like to connect with an expert at Family Promise to discuss the upcoming end of the eviction moratorium, email Katie Coughlin at email@example.com.
ABOUT FAMILY PROMISE
Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. What began as a local initiative in Summit, NJ, has become a national movement that involves 200,000 volunteers and served 177,000 family members in 2020. Family Promise will change the future for 1 million children by 2030.
Currently, Family Promise is working in over 200 communities in 43 states to ensure that families experiencing homelessness have a safe place to call home.