American Rescue Plan Provides Critical Support for Families Facing Housing Hardship During COVID-19 Pandemic
American Rescue Plan Provides Assistance for Renters, Homeowners, and Communities to Address Homelessness
Houston, April 6, 2021
Tags: Economy & Jobs
Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) released information on how the American Rescue Plan helps combat housing insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nationally, one in five renters report being behind on rent. In the Houston metro area, 42 percent of adults surveyed by the U.S. Census Bureau say they are behind on rent or mortgage payments and worry they face eviction of foreclosure in the next two months. The Houston metro area also has the highest percentage of residents in the nation who face difficulty meeting daily household expenses.
Homelessness in Texas increased by 5 percent in 2020 during the pandemic. According to an annual count of Houston’s homeless population, 15 percent of people surveyed said they were without a fixed address because of the pandemic. Many of them said they lost a job or hours at work, or were evicted due to the pandemic.
“The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the very real challenges families in our community face, including high costs of housing, lack of affordable housing options, and homelessness,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher. “With so many people in our area fearing they are close to foreclosure or eviction, the need for targeted assistance is real. I am glad that among its many provisions, the American Rescue Plan delivers targeted relief to help protect against housing insecurity in our community and across the country.”
The American Rescue Plan includes aid for millions of people who are struggling to pay their rent and avoid eviction, as well as resources to help communities address homelessness during the pandemic.
Support for renters during pandemic:
Support for people experiencing homelessness:
Support for homeowners:
Support to ensure fair housing: