State officials working on the housing crisis
MARYLAND – On Tuesday, state officials and affordable housing advocates gathered to address the state’s housing crisis.
“We want to keep eviction as something that’s used as a means of a last resort.” says, Maryland Senator, Charles Sydnor. “This work group is looking at how we can ensure that all communities are included in this dream of home ownership and ensuring that our neighborhood are revitalized.”
Housing first in Salisbury tells 47 ABC, it’s going to take a lot to help Marylanders during this crisis. They stated, this is more than just building more affordable housing, it’s helping those stay in their homes and get into homes that are already in the area.
“People who are already on the financial edge have been pushed even closer to the precipice, many are already in desperate straights,” says U.S. Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen
Some of the acts they are working to put in place are eviction diversion and defense, COVID-19 eviction relief act of 2021, and emergency homeowner protections act, and Emergency Housing Relief for renters. These acts would provide funding for renters and landlords, prohibit late fees, times and eviction moratorium and provide more resources for homeowners who are on the verge of losing their house.
“We know that without additional action, we are going to be seeing a homeowners foreclosure crisis in the next few months,” says Marceline White, Executive Director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition. All state officials and affordable housing advocates agree, it will take the work of government officials at all levels, and the community to help people during and after this pandemic keep their homes. “At some point hopefully soon, we will be on the other side of this pandemic but housing debt won’t magically disappear then,” adds state Delegate, Jheanelle Wilkins.
State officials and affordable housing advocates also say, to contact your local senators and delegates to help get these acts passed. If you want to learn more about how to protect your home whether you’re a homeowner or renter, just visit rentersunitedmaryland.org