Lynn Foster

An Open Letter to Government Officials Concerning Rent Assistance

The pandemic has rendered thousands of Arkansans unable to pay the rent through no fault of their own. In January the federal government made available $173 million to DHS for rent assistance to Arkansans in 72 counties, and $27 million to Benton, Pulaski, and Washington counties, who have their own programs. As of last week …

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Will Minimum Rental Housing Standards Raise Rent?

Answer: They shouldn’t! There are few statistics on this topic but two years ago a nationally researched study revealed that the poor pay disproportionately more for rent than more affluent tenants. “Renters in poor neighborhoods are excluded from both home ownership and apartments in middle-class communities on account of their poverty, poor credit, eviction, or …

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HB1563 is Introduced, Referred to House Insurance and Commerce Committee

HB1563, sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Gazaway, has been introduced and referred to the House Committee on Insurance and Commerce. Go to this link for contact information of committee members. More detailed information about what you can do to help it become enacted will be posted tomorrow. This bill creates minimum standards for rental housing, remedies …

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Senate Joint Resolution 11

Last week, Senator Greg Leding and Representative Jay Robinson introduced SJR11, a joint resolution to create an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution if approved by Arkansas voters in 2022. The resolution would repeal Arkansas’s criminal eviction statute, require landlords to maintain premises, allow tenants of noncomplying landlords to withhold rent, sue to enforce, repair and …

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Call to Action #1

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Eviction Moratorium is Extended!

Yesterday President Biden directed the CDC to extend the eviction moratorium through at least March 31. This article is full of information about the December law under which Arkansas should receive $200M for rent assistance, the Biden administration’s plans for additional relief, and the difficulties of actually getting rent assistance to tenants.