Prevent evictions and homelessness with rental assistance

The Department of Commerce estimates the monthly need for rental assistance at over $100 million per month. The federal relief we’ve received, and the new funds on the way are not enough to meet the back rent owed, or to help low wage workers ride out the economic downturn. Without relief, thousands of renters are at risk of losing their homes when the eviction moratorium ends.

As the pandemic continues, the real estate market is booming while thousands are unable to pay rent due to job and income losses. Document recording fees on real estate related transactions – totaling $85.50 – fund affordable housing and homelessness prevention. Lawmakers should increase the fee by $100 dollars to generate approximately $100 million per year to expand rental assistance and prevent evictions and homelessness. Calculated over a 30-year mortgage, the total fee amounts to around $6 a year or 50 cents a month for the home buyer.


Take Action:

  • HB 1277 (New Document Recording Fee) is scheduled for a hearing on Monday, March 15 at 3:30 PM in the House Appropriations Committee. Please show your support now by signing in PRO! You can sign in here. Follow these steps:
    • Choose House
    • Choose “Appropriations” Committee
    • Choose 3/15 at 3:30 PM
    • Choose HB 1277
    • Choose “I would like my position noted for the legislative record”
    • Choose PRO (note – if you use your personal address, it may also be subject to public disclosure)
  • Email your legislators to urge their support of the New Document Recording Fee HERE.
  • Call your Representative and tell them:
    Hello Representative ________. My name is __________. Your support for the New Document Recording Fee also known as HB 1277 as it will provide resources for MANY renters who are struggling as a result of our current public health crisis. Without relief, thousands of renters are at risk of losing their homes when the eviction moratorium ends. Your leadership and strong support for HB 1277 will generate approximately $100 million per year to expand rental assistance and prevent evictions and homelessness, with a very modest impact on homebuyers. Thank you for your support!