The Department of Treasury is “providing even more explicit permission for grantees to utilize self-attestation without further documentation in order to speed the delivery of assistance to households in need during the public health emergency,” the White House said in a fact sheet.
The White House added, “These policies are meant to accelerate assistance to the thousands of applicants who are in the pipeline in many state and local programs, on top of those who have already received aid through the end of July.”
Treasury outlined seven specific steps Wednesday meant to expedite the assistance process and help processing delays, including a broader policy for self-attestation for documenting eligibility for assistance, new guidelines for providing estimate bulk payments to landlords and utility providers, guidelines for state and local programs to engage with non-profit organizations, and guidance on past debts for previous addresses.
The White House also touted an “all-of-government approach” to prevent evictions, including steps with the US Department of Agriculture to collaborate with owners of rental units in USDA-backed properties, assistance for tenants in public housing through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, support for at-risk veterans through government programs and its efforts to spread awareness of other federal assistance programs.
At the time, Biden openly acknowledged the move would likely face legal scrutiny, and said the time it takes for the court process to unfold will allow for emergency rental assistance to reach troubled tenants.
“At a minimum, by the time it gets litigated, it will probably give some additional time while we’re getting that $45 billion out to people who are in fact behind in the rent and don’t have the money,” Biden said.
That new moratorium was challenged in court by landlords and real estate companies almost immediately.
“We were disappointed to see we were going back to it after we had agreed that it was ending,” he said. “Now we have a whole new metric and landlords are asking how they follow this and trying to figure out how to comply.”
CNN’s Tierney Sneed and Anna Bahney contributed to this report.