According to sources, the CDC will extend the eviction ban until June 30th
A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Edward R. Roybal campus in Atlanta, Georgia on April 23, 2020.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will announce an extension of their national eviction ban to the end of June on Monday, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
The protection was supposed to expire in two days, and advocates warned of a surge in evictions if it didn’t stay in place.
According to a survey published in March by the Census Bureau, around 20% of adult renters said they hadn’t paid last month’s rent. Closer to 33% of black tenants said the same thing.
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The health department’s decision to extend the ban for another three months was likely the fact that mass evictions could undermine the country’s attempts to get the coronavirus pandemic under control. That’s because many displaced people double up with family members or friends or are forced to turn to overcrowded shelters.
During the pandemic, 43 states and Washington, DC temporarily banned evictions, some for just 10 weeks. The researchers found that continuing evictions in these states between March and September, when the CDC ban went into effect nationwide, caused 433,700 cases of Covid-19 and 10,700 additional deaths in the United States.
“If you look at an infectious disease like Covid-19, evictions can have implications not only for the health of displaced families, but the health of the wider community,” said Kathryn Leifheit, one of the study’s authors and a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
At least two federal judges have questioned the CDC’s authority to ban evictions. And property owners have criticized politics, saying landlords cannot afford to continue to house people for free.
“Short-term measures such as eviction moratoriums are causing tenants to incur insurmountable debt and jeopardizing the ability for rental housing providers to provide safe and affordable housing,” said Bob Pinnegar, president of the National Apartment Association.
Real estate experts said it wouldn’t have made sense to let the eviction ban expire before rental support goes to people. Congress has now allocated more than $ 45 billion to renters, but it could take a few months for the money to be paid off.
The CDC’s eviction ban currently applies to those earning less than $ 99,000 a year and couples earning less than $ 198,000. To qualify, renters must also provide a statement to their landlord confirming that they cannot afford their rent and that an eviction could cause them to double up with others or become homeless.
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