On September 10, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee held a hearing entitled “Protecting Renters During the Pandemic: Reviewing Reforms to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance,” during which the committee considered two pieces of legislation aimed at improving the federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program.
In 2016, over ONE THIRD of all households were overburdened by housing costs. This phenomenon does not exist solely in large counties; rather, medium-sized and small counties in every region of the country are also struggling with unaffordable housing costs. Fortunately, each county is uniquely equipped with its own set of tools to help residents find housing they can afford.
County governments employ community engagement practices to develop programs that tackle a variety of issues within their jurisdictions such as limited supply of affordable housing. Through engagement, county governments can ensure that the distinct values and needs of their communities are reflected in their affordable housing programs.