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On "May Day" Rep. Engel Continues the Fight for Rent Relief for Tenants

On “May Day” Rep. Engel Continues the Fight for Rent Relief for Tenants

As we mark the first of the month, thousands of New Yorkers dealing with the financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic are facing the hardship of trying to afford their monthly rent.

In response to the growing rent crisis, Congressman Eliot Engel is working to provide real financial relief for tenants. Engel has signed on as an original cosponsor of the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Denny Heck which would provide $100 billion to support rent payments. This legislation builds on an April 9th letter signed by Congressman Engel to House leadership urging the creation of a $100 billion emergency rent fund in the Phase 4 stimulus package, and the Rental Eviction Moratorium Act, legislation cosponsored by Engel, which puts a moratorium on eviction proceedings up until six months after the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

In addition, as co-Dean of the New York Congressional Delegation, Engel is working with his New York colleagues to push for the inclusion of a rent moratorium and mortgage forgiveness in the phase 4 relief package.

“New Yorkers are struggling in an unprecedented way right now,” Engel said. “As leaders in Congress, we must recognize this reality and look for drastic ways to assist people in this urgent time of need. Rent is due the first of the month. For millions of people today, paying it is just not an option. We need to provide financial relief for those tenants, whether it be through passage of the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act, or by including a rent moratorium or mortgage forgiveness provision in the phase 4 stimulus bill. And we must also include more direct payments to Americans in our next aid package, which would help relieve some of the massive financial burden that has been placed on working-class New Yorkers.”