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NY Democrats call for mortgage forgiveness in next coronavirus relief bill

NY Democrats call for mortgage forgiveness in next coronavirus relief bill
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Members of the New York Democratic congressional delegation are urging leaders to include rent and mortgage forgiveness in the next coronavirus stimulus bill. 

Reps. Grace MengGrace MengHouse passes resolution condemning anti-Asian discrimination relating to coronavirus Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race This week: House returns for pre-election sprint MORE and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: 'Plenty of people without college degrees could run this country better than Trump' Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to positive tests among Pence aides Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden MORE wrote a letter Tuesday signed by eight other New York Democrats calling for the creation of a new Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program.

“We have seen how this crisis has exposed the deeply entrenched inequities in our economic and housing system. Therefore, we urge you to include a universal, national rent and mortgage forgiveness fund in the next legislative package — and ensure that as families fight for their health, we protect their human right to stable housing,” the Democrats wrote. 

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The proposed HUD program would reimburse landlords for rent and would allow homeowners to take advantage of mortgage forgiveness for the duration of the pandemic and a six month period after the pandemic is declared over. 

“Not only does HUD have the capacity to administer a program of this scale, but it would serve as a direct stimulus for the countless families that are facing unprecedented economic hardship,” the members added. 

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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Trump says he doesn't actually want Whitmer, Biden and Obama to be locked up despite chants MORE (D-Minn.) introduced legislation in April to cancel rent and mortgage payments over the pandemic. The bill has the support of both co-chairpeople of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, but faces long odds at making it through Congress.