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How effective are pandemic relief programs in housing and rental assistance in reaching underserved communities? 

On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, we co-hosted a virtual roundtable with the National Academy of Public Administration. A panel of experts examined the impact of housing and rental assistance relief programs on underserved communities. 

As the public health crisis continues, minority and low-income communities are at risk of losing their housing. Congress made $46 billion available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help individuals with difficulties paying rent and utilities due to the pandemic - but states and local governments have struggled to get the money out. Recent data showed that only 11% of the program’s funds have been distributed. In addition, a nationwide eviction moratorium lapsed in August 2021. 

Here's Who Spoke

  • Joseph P. Mitchell, Director of Strategic Initiatives & International Programs at the National Academy of Public Administration
  • Dr. Peter Hepburn, The Eviction Lab and Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Vincent Reina, The Housing Initiative @ UPenn and Associate Professor, UPenn
  • Kate Reynolds, Senior Policy Program Manager, Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute
  • Susan Thomas, President of the Melville Charitable Trust

This co-sponsored activity does not constitute or imply an endorsement of NAPA or any of its products or services by the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, or the United States government.

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