Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and her husband earned up to $15,000 in rental income last year, records show, as she fought to cancel rent during the pandemic.
Her latest financial disclosure report submitted to the clerk of the House of Representatives states she and her husband received rental income of $5,001 to $15,000 on her “primary residence” in the city that was converted to a “two-family building.”
That primary residence, she disclosed, is worth $500,001 to $1 million. Her “spouse salary” is listed as $246,102.
Pressley could not be reached for comment after multiple attempts by the Herald Tuesday. But last year, she joined other progressive members of Congress in pushing “a nationwide cancellation of rents and home mortgage payments through the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.”
That included fellow Squad member Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, that according to Yahoo News, also claimed rental income last year of $15,001 to $50,000 from a Detroit property, in her case.
Pressley tweeted last year, “We must cancel rent, extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, provide rental assistance, and offer legal representation for those at risk of eviction.”
Lewis Finfer, a longtime rental advocate with the Massachusetts Communities Action Network, said a lot of Boston homeowners help pay for their mortgages by renting out rooms or turning homes into multi-units. He praised Pressley for standing up for renters.
But more pain is coming, he added.
On Sept. 7, the extra $300 weekly federal supplement to traditional jobless benefits is set to end. That’s $1,200 a month Finfer said will hit renters hard. Plus, college students are already heading back to Boston looking for rooms to grab.
And, the CDC-mandated eviction moratorium runs out Oct. 3, if it lasts that long in the courts.
“It’s all just going to put more pressure on people. I’m not sure the $300 will be reconsidered,” Finfer added. “You’ll see some combination of people borrowing, rental assistance — or the worst-case scenario is they’ll be homeless.”
Pressley, the 7th District Democrat, was at an Environmental Justice Roundtable at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Tuesday. Student debt, helping Haiti and Afghan refugees also filled her Twitter feed recently.
She did speak out on the “infrastructure and reconciliation bills” and how she wants them to include help with housing.
According to Fox News, Pressley and her husband have been declaring about the same amount for rental income — $5,001 to $15,000 — over the past few years.
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