September 1, 2021

The Partnership for the Homeless Statement on Extension of New York State’s Eviction Moratorium

(New York, NY)—Áine Duggan, President and CEO of The Partnership for the Homeless, issued the following statement today after State legislators agreed to extend the newly expired eviction moratorium until early 2022.

“We applaud NYS advocacy and political leaders for their work to extend the current moratorium.

As children return to school and as the Delta and other variants surge, it is crucial that New Yorkers remain safely housed. The extension of New York State’s eviction moratorium is a much-needed public-health measure to safeguard people while rental assistance is distributed.

The next State measure must be to accelerate dissemination of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and promptly get rent payments to tenants and property owners who so desperately need it.

Simultaneously, we need to address the reality that the existing federal ERAP is only funded to meet half the estimated national need. Thus, preventing a tsunami of national homelessness, including safeguarding the more than one million New Yorkers in rent arrears from losing their homes, necessitates immediate action by the federal government to fully fund ERAP.

It makes financial sense. Preventing homelessness is more than three times cheaper than the cost of causing a family to experience homelessness. Whereas, the average annual rent for the families typically served by The Partnership is approximately $20,000, it costs approximately $68,000 annually to keep a family in the New York City shelter system. Rental assistance will always be the most humane and cost effective approach.

Maintaining the moratorium in tandem with fully funding and efficiently distributing rental assistance will protect families (allowing them time to return to work and school), ensure property owners receive payments and reduce costs for government. Everyone wins.”

About The Partnership for the Homeless

The Partnership for the Homeless seeks to solve homelessness by preventing it with robust programming for New Yorkers at-risk of or experiencing homelessness—now and for future generations. Our work is putting the building blocks in place to address immediate housing needs, create stability through important health interventions, disrupt generational homelessness, and change the public narrative about homelessness. Learn more at www.partnershipforthehomeless.org.