The administration of US President Joe Biden on Thursday extended the nationwide ban on evictions by one month to help millions of tenants who were unable to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic, but said it was planning to do so. The last time.
Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extended the moratorium on deportations from June 30 to July 31. The CDC stated, “This is the last extension of the suspension.”
An official in the Biden administration said that last month will be used for a “full-scale” multi-agency campaign to prevent a wave of evictions. One of the reasons for the moratorium is to prevent people from taking to the streets and entering shelters, thereby preventing the further spread of COVID-19.
According to data from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, as of the end of March, 6.4 million US households were in arrears in rent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Family Pulse Survey, as of June 7, approximately 3.2 million people in the U.S. stated that they would face deportation within the next two months.
The news comforted those tenants who were about to be evicted. Their only life-saving straw was the suspension of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Among them is Cristina Livingston, the 55-year-old mother of two children from the Gulf Harbor Islands in Florida, who lost her job as an administrative assistant during the pandemic. She was unable to obtain federal rent assistance to pay more than $14,000 in arrears because her landlord refused to accept it.
“Ah, great. I just asked for a little more time. I just need time to move out here with dignity,” Livingston said. She said her biggest fear is that she will not notice before she finds a new job. In case of being expelled.
“It was a devastating experience,” she said. “I have never encountered this situation before. It makes me sad because I am afraid that someone will take me out of here at any time. I have nowhere to go.
Ronald Leonard, a 68-year-old retired heavy equipment operator from Daytona Beach, Florida, is at risk of being evicted from his one-bedroom apartment. His landlord also refused to accept federal assistance to pay the $5,000 in rent arrears.
“I don’t have to worry about July anymore. I feel better,” Leonard said, still worried about being forced to live on the streets once the ban expires. “It’s heartbreaking. It won’t be good [at] All. I am not healthy anymore. I cannot live on the street. “
Thursday’s postponement announcement was accompanied by a series of administrative activities. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has issued new guidelines to encourage state and local governments to simplify the allocation of nearly $47 billion in available emergency rental assistance funds. Deputy Attorney General Vanita Gupta (Vanita Gupta) issued an open letter to state courts across the country, encouraging them to seek alternatives to protect tenants and landlords.
Gupta’s letter pointed out that unless additional measures are taken, “the deportation application is expected to overwhelm the courts across the country”.
The White House admitted on Wednesday that the emergency pandemic protection that had been extended before will have to end at some point. The trick is to design the right exit ramp to make the transition without major social unrest.
Gupta’s letter to the state court encouraged them to do everything possible to prevent or postpone the deportation.
“Losing a home can have a disastrous effect on the economy and psychology,” she said. “The entire legal profession, including the Ministry of Justice, the Bar Association, and the judiciary, has an obligation to do everything in its power to ensure that everyone has meaningful and equal access to justice before facing such consequences.”
This includes giving tenants as much time as possible and ensuring that tenants and landlords are aware of any emergency relief funds that may be available.
Gupta’s letter cited steps taken by state courts in Texas, Michigan, and Pennsylvania and instructed state courts to use an online assessment tool designed by the National State Court Center to help jurisdictions determine the most appropriate model.
This week, dozens of congressmen wrote to Biden and Valensky, calling for not only an extension of the ban, but also strengthening of the ban in certain areas.
This letter, led by Democratic Rep. Aiana Presley of Massachusetts, Jimmy Gomez of California, and Corey Bush of Missouri, called for an extension to allow emergency lease assistance included in the U.S. rescue plan Enter the tenant’s hands.
They say that ending aid too abruptly will disproportionately harm some minority communities that have been hit hard by the coronavirus, which has caused more than 600,000 deaths in the United States. They also echoed the opinions of many housing advocates, calling for the suspension of protection measures to be implemented automatically, without the tenants taking special measures to obtain protection measures.
The letter said: “The impact of the federal suspension of the ban cannot be underestimated. The need to strengthen and extend the ban is an urgent issue of health, racial and economic justice.”
Diane Yentel, president of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, called the extension of the eviction ban “the right thing to do-morally, financially, politically, and as an ongoing public health measure.”
But the landlord who opposed the suspension and challenged it in court opposed any extension. They believe that the focus should be on speeding up the distribution of rent assistance.
Others welcomed the suspension extension, but said the Biden administration needs to consider more long-term solutions, including expanding the federal government’s housing voucher program for low-income tenants. Even before the pandemic, 24 million people could have benefited from the plan but could not get help—many of whom were people of color.
“For now, extending the eviction order will protect millions of people who are in arrears in rent, but many of these tenants faced similar deadlines a few months ago, and they will face this deadline again next month,” senior research analyst Alicia Mazzara said. The Budget and Policy Priority Center told reporters. “They need a long-term solution, not another Band-Aid. Policymakers should seize this opportunity to develop a more durable solution.”