Portman-Negotiated $25 Billion Rental Assistance Plan Included in Final FY 2021 Bipartisan Funding Agreement
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the final FY 2021 bipartisan funding agreement includes $25 billion for rental assistance that he negotiated as part of a framework unveiled last week with the bipartisan group of senators.
Senator Portman has long focused on ensuring Ohioans have affordable housing and is currently championing the bipartisan Evictions Crisis Act which will help to address the national housing crisis that is undermining the efforts of millions of Americans to rise into the middle class. Portman drew from the Evictions Crisis Act, which proposes emergency rental assistance for those facing extraordinary financial setbacks, when negotiating this bipartisan relief proposal. The rental assistance included in the COVID-19 relief bill will help those with financial setbacks due to the pandemic pay rent and make housing providers whole. More than 75 national and Ohio based housing, civil rights, and homelessness groups have announced their strong support for the Eviction Crisis Act. Portman released the following statement:
“Stable housing is a key factor to keeping people out of poverty, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made this issue more important than ever. That’s why I’m pleased that this COVID-19 emergency relief package includes the $25 billion rental assistance plan I helped negotiate in the bipartisan framework announced last week. I urge my colleagues to support this rental assistance so that Ohioans have the resources they need to stay in their homes and apartments during this pandemic and prevent unnecessary evictions.”