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Reality Check: The Eviction Moratorium’s Unintended Consequences
The temporary national eviction moratorium recently issued by the CDC is a seemingly welcome relief for renters struggling to pay rent due to COVID-related financial instability. But without actual rental assistance funding for both residents and property owners, the move only stalls the inevitable wave of evictions due to back rent and late fees come January 1st. Additionally, the effects can be devastating for smaller property owners, many of whom do not have deep enough pockets to pay their mortgage payments, utility bills and property taxes while sustaining non-paying renters for months on end.

Ultimately, the private sector is needed to bridge the gap that federal assistance can't or won’t provide. Multifamily housing leaders, state apartment associations and individuals all must continue to provide funding, and nonprofits like Resident Relief Foundation provide a responsible and effective mechanism for them to help in this unprecedented time.
Success Story
Jennifer and her two daughters were just days from losing their home and seeking shelter. She had been searching for assistance, but the local non-profit organizations in their area had already run out of funding. RRF gave her the fresh start she needed and kept them from losing their home. Thanks to your support and the knowledge gained from the finance program we provided her, she looks forward to not only making her rent payments timely, but managing all her finances successfully going forward.

Read Jennifer’s story: A Family of 3 Just One Day From a Shelter
Did You Know?
You can easily set up your own fundraising campaign for Resident Relief Foundation through platforms like GiveLively (via our website) or GoFundMe.

Recently in Houston, law enforcement officers who evicted a family days later set up a GoFundMe that has raised more than $180,000 to help them and other families facing eviction. According to the precinct’s GoFundMe page: "It breaks our hearts to evict people. We hope the generosity demonstrated following this story will begin a movement where we work together as a society that starts a discussion about poverty, prioritizes kindness and encourages philanthropy."

We shared another noteworthy example in July’s newsletter, with the story of Rena Brittan’s inspired Bat Mitzvah service project. Rena started a GoFundMe page that has so far raised more than $10,000 for Resident Relief Foundation, and is still making headlines today.

To set up your own fundraiser directly from our website, just follow these steps:
  1. Click Donate Now anywhere on our website or this email
  2. Choose the “Donate Online Now” option (or your preferred method)
  3. On the General Donation landing page, you can choose “I Want to Fundraise for This” option to create your own fundraising campaign that directs the funds you raise to Resident Relief Foundation.
  4. Share with your friends and colleagues!
If you’re a business and want to set a larger goal, your logo could be on our site and listed as a partner. You can also help by forwarding this email or sharing our message on social media.
In Their Words
Did you know 1 in 4 renters pay more than half of their income in rent? This is just one example of the desperate pleas we hear every day from residents affected by this pandemic. Your support helps provide urgently needed housing stability during these times. Hear from more residents facing such hardships on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Look for the hashtags #InTheirWords and #ResidentRelief to help spread the message and bring awareness to the cause.
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In the News
 
RRF board member Shane Young was recently profiled in The Long Beach Grunion Gazette for his commitment to giving. Read More
 
Rent and religion: Young Jewish girl inspired to help others through bat mitzvah service project fundraising for Resident Relief Read More
 

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