Democrats push for three major housing bills to eliminate rent, mortgage debt for unemployed New Yorkers

Is more mortgage and rent relief necessary in New York State?

Lawmakers in Albany are considering just that, as fears of a looming housing crisis rest on the other side of the coronavirus-induced shutdowns.

Democratic legislators joined affordable housing advocates on Friday to present a trio of bills that would help prevent tenants from being evicted in New York. The bills would eliminate rent and mortgage debt for unemployed tenants and homeowners.

It would also provide instant relief to re-house homeless people in New York.

The state has already approved $100 million in vouchers for those that have been significantly impacted by the virus. A bill was also passed to prevent evictions as long as business restrictions are still in place.

However, housing advocates say those measures simply don’t go far enough given the circumstances.