To prevent this catastrophe, two separate expert analyses have suggested that close to $500 million in assistance is needed. Without the extension of federal unemployment and a massive allocation of funding for landlords and renters by Congress, the responsibility will fall to the Governor and the state legislature to meet this need. So far, the legislature has failed to take the opportunity to provide any meaningful assistance to Louisiana’s renter families. Legislators also received the letter and are likely to be in session as thousands of their constituents face being forced out of their homes.
“Regardless of race or what’s in our wallets, many Louisianans have done our best to care for and support each other during this crisis, but we’re staring down a cliff that could tear our communities apart, and it’s time for our government to step in and supplement what community members are doing for one another. Just like COVID-19 and police violence, research shows the looming eviction crisis will disproportionately impact Black communities. The Governor, state legislators, and our U.S. Senators can choose to keep 130,000 Louisiana families in their homes and we desperately need them to act now,” said Cashauna Hill, Executive Director of the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, one of the letter’s signers.
Without the needed assistance, property owners may default on mortgages and local property taxes; renter families would lose homes, possessions, and see worse educational and health outcomes for children; and overwhelmed eviction courts are likely to pour fuel on the fire of our current COVID-19 outbreak and further damage our economy.
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