NationalStacy M. Brown

Biden Admin Leads Push to Alert Millions of Emergency Rental Assistance

The White House on Wednesday announced commitments from major companies, nonprofits and government agencies to continue an all-out push to make sure tenants and landlords take advantage of federal rental assistance to help cover rent, utilities, and other housing costs and keep people in their homes.

According to a fact sheet released by the White House, the action could help reach tens of millions of Americans.

Officials noted that the continued call to action coincides with the launch of a new rental assistance finder produced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Anyone behind on rent can go to ConsumerFinance.gov/RentHelp and input information on their location to find local rental assistance programs in their area and apply for assistance.

“Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, billions of dollars in federal rental assistance is available to renters who are behind on housing costs, as well as landlords who have struggled during the pandemic,” White House officials wrote in the fact sheet. “The administration is building on a whole-of-government effort and engaging a wide variety of stakeholders to spread awareness of the CFPB’s new tool, as well as the resources available to assist tenants and landlords.”

Emergency rental assistance is available to tenants in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., territories and tribal areas, and will continue to be available after the expiration of the CDC eviction moratorium on Aug. 1.

The White House said the continued call to action “builds on the groundwork laid over the past several months by the administration to engage renters and landlords, including hosting two virtual convenings with thousands of participants to share best practices on eviction prevention and build local plans of action, streamline guidance for the rental assistance program to make it easier and more efficient, and engage agencies across the federal government to help get the word out to households in need.”

For more general information about the Emergency Rental Assistance program, individuals can go to the unified federal housing assistance portal hosted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Agencies across the federal government, nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and private sector companies are responding to the Biden administration’s call to action to raise awareness, the White House added.

“We expect that these efforts will reach tens of millions of Americans,” administration officials said.

Private sector and nonprofit commitments include PayPal, Square, Inc., GoFundMe, Lyft, Avail, and Propel.

Additionally, the National Apartment Association will send an alert to their 90,000 members nationwide and the National Multifamily Housing Coalition will share the CFPB tool with their 10,000 members through emails and a newsletter.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition plans to include a link to the CFPB tool on their website, place an article about the tool and emergency rental assistance in their newsletter which is distributed to 135,000 people, and will brief stakeholders on their weekly call.

United Way, the Arc, Children’s Defense Fund, Operation HOPE, Bread for the World, and others also are aiding.

Federal agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and others also have made commitments.

“The Census Bureau will share the CFPB tool and information on emergency rental assistance with members of their Census Counts and States Count lists,” the administration officials said. “The Census Counts list includes over 60 national organizations with a deep investment in meeting the needs of marginalized communities and the States Count list includes partners in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.”

Stacy M. Brown

I’ve worked for the Daily News of Los Angeles, the L.A. Times, Gannet and the Times-Tribune and have contributed to the Pocono Record, the New York Post and the New York Times. Television news opportunities have included: NBC, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, the Abrams Report, Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Imus in the Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Radio programs like the Wendy Williams Experience, Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Howard Stern Show have also provided me the chance to share my views.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Back to top button

My News Matters to me - Washington Informer Donations

Be a Part of The Washington Informer Legacy

A donation of your choice empowers our journalists to continue the work to better inform, educate and empower you through technology and resources that you use.

Click Here Today to Support Black Press and be a part of the Legacy!

Subscribe today for free and be the first to have news and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Select list(s) to subscribe to


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker