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Campaign Launches Grant Opportunity for New State Affiliates
This week, the campaign launched a grant opportunity for state-level organizations interested in expanding multi-sector partnerships and influencing federal housing policy.  Not only is it critical for federal elected officials to hear from national advocates, but also from their own constituents in the states they represent. Those selected for a grant would be formally recognized as state affiliates of the national campaign and would receive financial and technical assistance. 
To learn more about the grant, including eligibility criteria, please click here.
Information on Grant Application and Eligibility 

Spread the Word about CDC’s Eviction Moratorium & Tell Congress to Continue Negotiations
federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now in effect, extending vital protections to tens of millions of renters at risk of eviction for nonpayment of rent during the global pandemic. But, to be protected under the CDC’s moratorium, qualified renters facing eviction must provide a signed declaration to their landlords. For more details about the moratorium and a sample declaration that renters can use, read NLIHC’s and NHLP’s Overview of National Eviction Moratorium and National Eviction Moratorium: FAQ for Renters.
TAKE ACTION NOW! Help us spread the word to renters so they can take the necessary steps to avoid eviction. We must raise awareness not only through housing organizations, but also through health systems, food banks, school districts, social workers, churches, and more. 
While the CDC’s national eviction moratorium provides essential relief for struggling renters, it merely postpones evictions – it doesn’t prevent them. When the moratorium expires on December 31, 2020, back rent will be due, and millions of renters will be unable to pay. In the meantime, small landlords who rely on rental income to maintain and operate their properties will increasingly struggle to pay their bills.
That’s why Congress must provide at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to keep renters stably housed during and after the pandemic and to ensure we don’t lose any of our country’s essential housing stock. 
Negotiations over a relief package have restarted, and a deal may be reached soon. The House may vote on a revised relief package as soon as this evening that includes $50 billion for emergency rental assistance and other essential housing and homelessness resources through February 2021. This revised package would provide critical resources to communities now, while giving advocates another opportunity to push for the full amount of funding needed early next year. Through the campaign’s platform, please send a pre-formatted letter to your senators and representative urging them to continue negotiations and quickly pass a coronavirus relief bill that includes the necessary resources and protections.
To send the letter, simply type in your name and address, click “submit,” and the letter will automatically go to your two senators and one House representative. 
Send a Letter to Congress Now

“Legal Levers for Health Equity in Housing”: Part 2 of New Webinar Series Now Available
The second installment of a new webinar series on “Legal Levers for Health Equity in Housing” is now available for viewing. The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) co-sponsors this series alongside the National Center for Healthy Housing and the Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Inspired by a recent report seriesthese webinars explore health equity in housing through the lens of laws, policies, and other legal mechanisms to understand how these “levers” can establish safe, affordable housing in diverse and supportive neighborhoods.   
In Part 2 of this three-part series, “Building and Maintaining Safe and Affordable Homes,” presenters from NLIHC, Center for Public Health Law Research, and ChangeLab Solutions explore research and best practices for how we can achieve health equity in housing. Attendees were also encouraged to join the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign.    
The recording of Part 2 is now available to view on YouTubePart 1 can be viewed here. Part 3 is forthcoming with dates to be determined.  
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Majority of Republican Voters Support Emergency Rental Assistance, Homeless Assistance, and Eviction Moratorium
Earlier this summer, the campaign commissioned a national public opinion poll which revealed that majorities of Republicans and conservative Republicans support emergency rental assistance, homeless assistance, and eviction moratorium during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eighty-seven percent of Republicans and 84% of conservative Republicans favor providing emergency rental assistance for people who are struggling to afford the rent and are at serious risk of eviction as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Eighty percent of Republicans and 77% of conservative Republicans favor expanding funding for homeless assistance programs that minimize the number of people living in large shelters by providing them with alternative individual spaces for isolation and self-quarantine. Eighty-two percent of Republicans and 78% of conservative Republicans favor enacting a uniform, nationwide policy that stops all evictions during the coronavirus outbreak. 
These results stand in stark contrast to the ongoing inaction in Congress. The national opinion pollreleased in June, assessed the extent to which the public is concerned about housing stability during the COVID-19 outbreak and whether they expect action from elected officials. The full disaggregated results of the poll are available to view on the campaign’s website. To access the full findings, click here.  
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