Washington, D.C. — Today, following the new, targeted federal eviction moratorium based on evolving public health conditions, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) hosted a virtual conversation on housing and eviction issues with Biden Administration officials. Noting the importance of keeping Americans safe and housed, participants discussed eviction diversion strategies and best practices for the swift delivery of emergency rental assistance funds. USCM President and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and others emphasized the urgent public health, safety and economic case for a whole-of-government approach to prevent evictions. The group discussed the importance of federal, state, and local leaders working together to address this challenge. Mayors also received an update on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health imperative to keep people in their homes from CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.

Mayors participating in the meeting included:

  • Dayton (OH) Mayor Nan Whaley, USCM President
  • San Antonio (TX) Mayor Ron Nirenberg
  • Louisville (KY) Mayor Greg Fischer
  • Many others

Additional participants in the meeting included:

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh
  • Tom Cochran, USCM CEO & Executive Director
  • Julie Rodriguez, Director, White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Rochelle Walensky, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Vanita Gupta, Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Gene Sperling, Senior Advisor to the President and White House American Rescue Plan Coordinator
  • Noel Poyo, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community and Economic Development, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Jacob Leibenluft, Chief Recovery Officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury