We know that quality, affordable, and stable housing is essential for the health and well-being of children, youth, and families. When children have stable housing, it can protect them from injury and violence, including child abuse and neglect. Additionally, housing stability is known to be protective against suicide. (For more information about the importance of housing to child health and death prevention, see the CFPS 2020 Legislative Report).
The importance of housing cannot be underestimated. However, economic stress exacerbated by the COVID pandemic has put many children and families at risk for losing their housing due to eviction and foreclosure.
To address this crisis the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent. Many renters, however, may not be aware of the CDC moratorium or may not know that, in order to prevent being evicted, they must submit a signed declaration to their landlords. Corporate landlords may be taking advantage of this lack of awareness to rush evictions before tenants learn their rights.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has an eviction moratorium page with more information and resources, including sample declaration letters in multiple languages. If you or the folks you work with are facing eviction, CDC's moratorium may offer some relief. Please spread the word!