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House Democrats Pass Heroes Act — $3 Trillion Relief Package

NACEDA strongly supports the $3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act., which was passed by the House on May 15. The legislation includes almost $200 billion in additional funding for housing and homelessness programs to help communities respond to the coronavirus. It also includes nearly $1 trillion to state and local governments to avert layoffs and $200 billion in hazard pay for essential workers and $1,200 direct payments to individuals. The bill is facing significant opposition in the Senate.

These provisions will be of particular interest to the community development sector:

  • $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the public health emergency
  • An additional $11.5 billion to prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness
  • A national, uniform moratorium on evictions for all renters
  • $5 billion for Community Development Block Grants
  • Funding for more than 100,000 new emergency housing vouchers
  • $1 billion for the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund
  • More than $300 million for rural rental assistance
  • $10 billion for COVID-19 emergency grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program*
*The Economic Injury Disaster Loan grants would support small businesses and nonprofits by strengthening the Payroll Protection Program to ensure that it reaches under-served communities and nonprofits.
View a one-page summary, a section-by-section summary, and a resource on state and local relief provisions from the House Committee on Appropriations. This NLIHC budget chart compares the Heroes ACT and CARES Act.

Talking points for Heroes Act advocacy:

  • The Heroes Act is the kind of comprehensive action we need in this moment. Its scale matches the unprecedented need in our state and across our country.
  • The Heroes Act protects people’s livelihoods and their health and delivers urgently needed funding to our state that will keep crucial services such as education and health care intact.
  • It will provide emergency rental assistance for low-income renters who recently lost their jobs because of the pandemic and may face eviction, and landlords won't be able to pay their mortgage, taxes and employees.
  • It supports small business and nonprofit by strengthening the Paycheck Protection Program to ensure that it reaches under-served communities and nonprofits of all sizes and types - business and service providers on the front-line of the pandemic.

CARES Act Stimulus Package

The initial $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It includes significant funding for the community development sector. 

NACEDA and our members advocated for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide adequate funds to underserved small businesses and nonprofits. View the NACEDA letter on PPP to Members of Congress.