With newly-developed vaccines, a recently approved relief package, and a Biden-Harris Administration, 2021 brings a renewed hope of relief for tens of millions of Americans reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. A flurry of recent legislation aims to provide housing and unemployment relief to our most vulnerable communities. The federal eviction moratorium has been extended through the end of March 2021, and the most recent stimulus package includes $25 billion in emergency rental assistance. The Continued Assistance Act provides a one-time $600 stimulus payment to qualifying Americans, extends the extra $300 per week of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and increases Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.
But as we saw in the implementation of CARES Act housing and unemployment aid, this large-scale roll out of rental assistance and unemployment insurance has the potential to leave our most vulnerable residents behind, further deepening existing inequities.
After almost a year of experience, what have we learned about delivering aid to those who need it most? How do we ensure the public is served by the policies and services intended to benefit them, and build systems that help us move from disaster to recovery in the most equitable, and human-centered way?
Please join New America’s Future of Land and Housing Program and New Practice Lab to explore what went wrong in 2020 - via the findings of our Displaced in the Sunbelt report and Unpacking Inequities in Unemployment Insurance report - and hear from housing and unemployment insurance experts on how to improve the roll-out of these critical assistance programs in 2021.
- Tara McGuinness, Fellow and Senior Adviser, New America New Practice Lab
- Future of Land and Housing Program, Displaced in the Sunbelt
- New Practice Lab, Unpacking Inequities in Unemployment Insurance
Benefits Delivery Panel:
- Maurice Jones, President and CEO, LISC
- Rebecca Yae, Senior Research Analyst, National Low Income Housing Coalition
- James Perry, President and CEO, Winston-Salem Urban League
- Michele Evermore, Senior Policy Analyst, National Employment Law Project
- Moderator: Malcom Glenn, Director of Public Affairs at Better.com and New America Future of Land and Housing Fellow