On May 20, the Illinois General Assembly will be in Springfield for the first time since early March for a very abbreviated legislative session.
On May 12, Governor JB Pritzker urged the legislature to pass a coronavirus economic relief package, including assistance for struggling renters and homeowners.
Housing Action Illinois also calls on our legislators to take such action, as well as maximize the State of Illinois’ federal CARES Act resources for rent and mortgage assistance, including the Coronavirus Relief Fund. We are asking legislators to support a minimum of $500 million for this purpose, out of the the State of Illinois' $3.5 billion allocation.
In the budget for the next fiscal year, programs such as Homeless Prevention, Emergency and Transitional Housing, and Supportive Housing need to be protected and expanded. These programs serve people who have lost their home or are at risk of doing so.
We also urge the General Assembly to pass the COVID-19 Emergency Renter and Homeowner Protection Act, HB5574 (House Amendment 1), recently introduced by Representative Delia Ramirez. This comprehensive bill provides financial relief for renters and landlords, establishes a 180-day moratorium on foreclosure and eviction proceedings, and expands protections for Illinoisans from housing discrimination.
Please contact your state legislators to let them know you want them to support renters, homeowners, and those without a home before they adjourn.
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