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December 9, 2020
Advocates Appeal to Gov. Lamont to Extend Eviction Moratorium, Expand Rental Assistance
The winter months are a dangerous time to be homeless, and the State of Connecticut has put into place an eviction moratorium to keep people stably housed during COVID-19. But, with the eviction moratorium scheduled to expire on January 1, hundreds of Connecticut residents are unsure whether they will have a place to stay in 2021.
On Friday, a coalition of Connecticut housing advocates wrote to Governor Lamont asking him to extend the state’s eviction moratorium through at least March 1, 2021 and dedicate at least an additional $100 million to the state’s emergency rental assistance program.
Advocates wrote to the governor and state leaders on behalf of the HOMEConnecticut Campaign. HOMEConnecticut is a coalition that represents over 100 organizations and affordable housing advocates in Connecticut. The Campaign is staffed and managed by the Partnership for Strong Communities.
The letter warns that, if evictions resume after January 1, the resulting displacement could increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission at a time when coronavirus cases in Connecticut are surging.
“Extending the eviction moratorium is needed to prevent the widespread evictions, with all their adverse consequences, that will take place in its absence,” the letter reads. “An adequately funded emergency rental assistance program which provides funds directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant is the necessary complement to the eviction moratorium and the only way to avert a rental market and eviction crisis.”
A recent study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition predicts that between 66,000 and 133,000 Connecticut households are at risk of eviction. Families of color are disproportionately likely to face eviction during COVID-19.
The full text of the letter can be found on the Partnership for Strong Communities’ website.
Partnership for Strong Communities is a statewide nonprofit policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ending homelessness, expanding affordable housing, and building strong communities in Connecticut. Visit www.pschousing.org to learn more.