Rep. Maloney Speaks in Favor, Votes to Pass the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act

Jun 29, 2020
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Before voting to pass H.R. 7301, the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, spoke on the House floor in strong support of bill.

 

Below are the Congresswoman’s remarks as prepared for delivery: 

 

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 7301, the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act.

 

“Through no fault of their own, New Yorkers and Americans across this country are struggling to pay their rent or make mortgage payments. Even worse, people experiencing homelessness and survivors of domestic violence have seen their limited options for safety and shelter dwindle due to the pandemic’s impact on social services.

 

“The bill is a bold – and necessary – step toward providing economic and housing relief for millions of Americans. It expands the eviction moratorium to protect all renters and the foreclosure moratorium to protect all homeowners, it creates a $100 billion emergency rental assistance fund, and provides nearly $13 billion targeted money for homeless grants and Housing Choice Vouchers for people experiencing homelessness and survivors of domestic violence.

 

“Nobody should lose sleep worrying about how they will keep a roof over their head while they are suffering through a pandemic. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this necessary and important bill, and I yield back.”

 

Background

  • In March, Rep. Maloney successfully won a moratorium on foreclosure and eviction proceedings for more than 70% of homeowners who have mortgages backed by the federal government or by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • Rep. Maloney is a cosponsor of The Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act of 2020 which would suspend rent payments during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Congresswoman is also supportive of Rep. Nydia Velázquez’s Ensuring Affordable Housing Security During the Coronavirus Emergency Act to suspend rent payments for everyone living in Section 8 and NYCHA housing.
  • At the local level, the Congresswoman has advocated and voiced her strong support of Senate Bill S8125A to suspend commercial and residential rent payments for New Yorkers financially impacted by COVID-19. The Congresswoman is also supportive of Senate Bill S8140A and Assembly Bill A10248 to establish a COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program.

 

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