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Meng Plans to Introduce Legislation to Provide Relief to Renters and Homeowners

Mar 24, 2020
Press Release
Congresswoman’s measure would suspend all rent and mortgage payments for commercial and residential properties for the duration of the coronavirus
QUEENS, NY – Today, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) announced that she plans to introduce legislation which would temporarily suspend all rent and mortgage payments for commercial and rental properties for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. This temporary suspension would be active during and up to six months after the pandemic to provide those affected by it time to find employment and other relief as necessary. She is currently drafting the legislation.
 
“Homeowners, renters, small business owners, and so many others face an uncertain financial future as the coronavirus pandemic takes an exacting toll on our economy. Come April 1st, rent and mortgage payments are due, and for those who have suffered from this pandemic and lost their jobs, they face an impossible decision between paying the rent or mortgage, putting food on the table, or staying healthy,” said Meng. “I’m introducing my rental and housing relief bill to ensure people have a home and ensure no one becomes homeless because of the coronavirus. We’re locked in a national struggle to contain the coronavirus and nearly 167 million people have been asked to stay home to prevent the virus’ transmission. If we’re going to succeed against the virus, people need homes to stay inside.”