One thing I missed in my original post is that Democrats proposal also includes $100 billion for a national rental assistance program, which would help renters pay their monthly dues without the looming threat of eviction.
Republicans have rejected the entire proposal outright while a number of housing advocacy groups have publicly worried that $100 billion doesn't come close to being enough if the crisis drags on for many months and large swaths of the economy remain shuttered.
I'm all for this proposal and then some for a number of reasons, but mainly because it's far more expensive to have people out of their homes than helping to keep them in them. Can anyone imagine tens of millions of Americans being evicted from their apartments and forced onto the streets all at the same time? It would be a national emergency on top of the current national emergency we're already in.
I honestly don't care how we keep people in their homes and apartments, but I hope we all agree that evicting a family from their home during a global health crisis isn't the best idea.
Assistance can come in a variety of ways from direct monthly payments to Americans that they can use to help pay rent to direct payments to landlords to keep them from evicting tenants who have fallen behind on rent through no fault of their own. I'm not wedded to any proposal, but something will certainly have to be done if this crisis drags on.