Rep. Jones among lawmakers applauded for work on eviction moratorium extension
Rep. Mondaire Jones and other progressive legislators are being praised after successfully advocating for an eviction moratorium extension.
Jones has returned to his district in White Plains, surrounded by housing advocates, fresh from the victory in Washington, D.C.
He and other congressional progressives staged a sleep-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Their calls helped lead the Biden administration to extend a federal eviction moratorium for another 60 days.
"We would have stayed out on the Capitol steps for as long as it took to make sure people who deserve to, have homes,” says Jones.
Ossining mom and housing advocate Sheila Vereen-Massengale tells News 12 she knows what it’s like to almost lose shelter. She says it happened when her landlord found out about her advocacy work.
"He tried to force me out of my apartment, actually he evicted me,” says Vereen-Massengale.
Experts say the financial fallout from COVID-19 is making it hard for millions of families to remain sheltered.
"I personally hear the stories from people who lost their family's primary breadwinner to Covid and now live in fear that they will get evicted out of their homes and have nowhere to go,” says housing advocate Theo Oshiro.
Rep. Jones is calling on state officials to speed up the disbursement of billions of dollars in federal funds allocated for rental assistance.
He believes this will help Hudson Valley residents struggling with housing insecurity.
According to Jones, in the case of New York it amounts to nearly $46 billion.
With the current moratorium providing a temporary reprieve, the housing advocates believe the fight is far from over.