Last month, two bills to improve housing stability for low-income tenants were introduced in the Senate. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rob Portman (R-OH), Todd Young (R-IN), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Eviction Crisis Act of 2019 (S.3030). This bill funds emergency assistance to help reduce preventable evictions and creates a database for tracking eviction data, including disability status. The bill also supports landlord-tenant community courts and increasing social services representatives for tenants (with an effective communication requirement).
Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act of 2019 (S.3083). This bill creates affordable housing vouchers to help low-income, high-need families with young children move to areas of greater opportunity. Additionally, it provides counseling and case management for families receiving these vouchers.