President Donald Trump:
People all across the United States are experiencing the most unimaginable and devastating crisis of COVID-19. More than 26 million people have lost their jobs, millions more stand to lose their incomes in weeks and months to come. One of the most critical issues is housing.
The CARES Act and other Congressional bills are not nearly enough to address this massive crisis. Hospitals don’t have enough resources. A one time $1200 payment for individuals does not go far enough and too many people are excluded from the benefits altogether.
At least 30 percent of renters were unable to pay their rent on April 1st. The rent moratoriums implemented in several states will require that the rent be paid at some point in the future but with the loss of jobs and cuts to income, many will be unable to pay a debt so large.
Housing and utilities are an absolute necessity for every human being, especially during the life-and-death struggle against COVID-19. No one should lose their housing for any reason in this crisis! The rent and mortgage including for small businesses must be cancelled during this crisis.