Housing

Housing is a foundational social determinant of health. Redlining, segregation, and gentrification are major ways that health disparities have emerged and are sustained in the U.S. over time. Research has shown that those experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity face substantially higher risk of physical and mental illness and have consistently higher health care expenditures due to higher rates of chronic disease and emergency treatment usage. TRCC highlights policies and housing interventions that improve housing stability and health outcomes while decreasing healthcare costs and advancing health equity.

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Keeping Renters Safe Act of 2021

H.R. 5307 - Representative Cori Bush (D-MO) 

  • Introduced on 9/21/21

  • 56 Co-Sponsors as of 5/18/22

S. 2776 - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

  • Introduced on 9/21/21

  • 5 Co-Sponsors as of 5/18/22

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Description

  • Grant permanent authority to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement a residential eviction moratorium in the event of a public health crisis 

  • Direct HHS to implement an automatic national residential eviction moratorium in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is automatic, applies to all residential eviction filings, hearings, judgments, and execution of judgments. The moratorium would remain in effect for at least 60 days following the conclusion of a public health emergency

  • Allow for appropriate moratorium exceptions necessary to protect the health and safety of others.  

Status

  • The bills are still under consideration by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

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