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Published on Thursday, January 21, 2021
CONTACT: Lawson Picasso, 361.960.5493
SAN ANTONIO (January 21, 2021) — District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño provides the following statement regarding the additional $46.7 million in funding from the U.S. Treasury for the Emergency Rental Assistance program and the changes to remove funding that passed during today’s City Council A Session:
“I am disappointed with the outcome of today’s vote that reduced the total amount of funds for the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP). This took money that was designated for EHAP and placed it into development. Now, there is $3 million less in the Emergency Housing Assistance Program which means that 1200 fewer families can be helped by receiving assistance. This was an opportunity to provide much needed funding to the Emergency Housing Assistance Program today. Now, we must wait until February to hear more about how the $46.7 million will be utilized and implemented. This is a failure to take full advantage of opportunities that provide as much needed assistance as we can for immediate use.
“The additional assistance of $46.7 million will have a substantial impact on housing stability in San Antonio and across the nation. Throughout this pandemic, my office has worked with countless others to advocate for more resources to support renters and landlords.
“It is reassuring to know that the moratorium on evictions has been extended; however, this extension only delays the inevitable deadline to a debt that many will be unable to pay. Access to housing assistance helps provide both renters and mom & pop landlords with some financial relief.
“We are not out of the woods just yet— there were still over 9,500 evictions filed locally in 2020. This additional funding from the U.S. Treasury is one more step towards ensuring we keep people in their homes during a time when it matters most. Housing is healthcare and funds like this will strengthen the social safety net that is needed to keep our community safe during this pandemic.”
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