WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today released the following statement on the newly announced  COVID-19 relief bill, which includes $25 billion rental and utility assistance for renters:

“Finally families, small businesses, and communities will get much-needed help. As ranking member of the Senate Banking and Housing Committee, I fought for key priorities, including rental assistance, an extension of the moratorium on rental evictions, and protecting stimulus payments from being garnished by private debt collectors. This a long-overdue compromise provides urgent relief to Americans suffering as a result of this health and economic crisis,” said Brown. “This is a step in the right direction, but additional relief will be needed to help Americans weather this storm. I look forward to working with the incoming Biden administration to defeat this virus and rebuild our nation and economy.”

Senator Brown has fought to ensure families and individuals can stay in their homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Brown has taken to the floor several times to demand action and talk about the urgent need for rental assistance to hold off a wave of evictions and protect families, public health, and the economy. Additionally, in May, he joined Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA) in introducing the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020, legislation that would authorize $100 billion for an emergency rental assistance program to help renters stay housed during and after the pandemic. He is also a cosponsor of Senator Warren’s (D-MA) Protecting Renters from Eviction And Fees Act which would extend federal eviction moratoriums to March 27, 2021, one year after the date of enactment of the CARES Act, and expands the moratorium to cover substantially all renters. Brown will continue his fight to ensure more protections for renters and homeowners in future relief packages.

As ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Brown also secured $12 billion for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), to provide economic help to low- and moderate-income and minority communities who have been disproportionately affected by COVID 19, public transit relief, an eviction moratorium through January 31, 2021, and protections that prevent stimulus payments from being garnished by private debt collectors.

A fact sheet on the Emergency Rental Assistance and eviction moratorium extension is available here.

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