AUSTIN, Texas — Earlier this year, President Biden and Democrats in Congress successfully passed the $46.5 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program, the largest program of its kind, to help Americans and avoid millions of home evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. No other administration in U.S. history has attempted to halt evictions, especially on such a massive scale.
Yet, despite the funds being there, states, local governments, and reluctant landlords were unable to spend the majority of the funds quickly. As of August 1, 2021, as much as 89% of all the $46.5 billion in funds had been used to help renters avoid eviction, according to the U.S. Treasury.
The good news is that Texas is leading the way in delivering those federal funds to vulnerable tenants across the state. Texas has already spent more than half, 51.4%, of the first round of rental assistance. And with the recent Supreme Court ruling that ended the Biden-Harris Administration’s eviction moratorium via the CDC, emergency rental assistance is getting to the Texans that need it most.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“As our nation continues to recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden and Democrats in Congress have been doing everything they can to make sure Americans do not get kicked out of their homes. Along with the news that the economy is recovering, it is a good sign that Texas is leading the country in spending federally-appropriated emergency rental assistance. Good governance and great leadership look like this — doing all we can to protect Texans and their families from suffering long-term repercussions from this pandemic.”