- The Biden Administration said the CDC “failed to find the legal authority for a new eviction moratorium.”
- Therefore, the White House urged state and local governments to implement new policies that prevent tenants from being evicted.
- More than 3 million families are at risk of losing their homes after the end of the moratorium.
The White House reported on Monday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “failed to find the legal authority for a new eviction moratorium,” and called on state and local governments to implement policies to keep tenants in their homes, reported The Associated Press.
Mass evictions could worsen the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus as 1.4 million American households told the Census Bureau that it is “very likely” that they will be evicted from their homes in the next two months.
Evictions in the US: Biden Administration asks governor to avoid evictions
Another 2.2 million said it was “somewhat likely” that they would be evicted. The prospect of mass evictions has drawn criticism that President Joe Biden’s administration was slow to address the end of the moratorium, which expired over the weekend.
But the White House said it lacks the authority to extend it. That’s largely because the Supreme Court ruled in a vote of five for and four against in June that it would not support further extensions, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote that Congress would have to act to extend the moratorium.
White House argues that state measures would prevent millions from being left on the street
The White House pointed out that with measures adopted at the state level, evictions will be prevented in a third of the country during the next month. The Biden administration noted in a statement that $ 46.5 billion has been provided to keep people in their homes, but that “too many states and cities have been too slow to act.”
He continues to investigate other legal options to prevent evictions, but Gene Sperling, who oversees coronavirus relief plans, placed the burden on state and local governments to distribute federal aid and prevent evictions.
“There is no excuse for any state not to expedite its emergency rental assistance”
“The president is clear: If some states and municipalities can get out of this efficiently and effectively, there is no reason why the rest of the states and localities cannot,” Sperling told reporters Monday at a news conference. in the White House.
“There is simply no excuse and no place to hide for any state or locality that does not expedite its emergency assistance” for rent. Sperling said the government will review other legal options.
It is not an easy task
However, he highlighted the complexity of the problem, saying that the administration of former President Donald Trump developed guidelines to provide assistance to tenants and landlords that were unviable. Those documentation-intensive guidelines were modified once Biden took office.
“It’s not an easy job,” Sperling said. “As a country we have never had a national infrastructure or a national policy to prevent avoidable evictions.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that it was “incomprehensible” for Americans to be evicted from their homes during the COVID-19 crisis, and urged the Biden administration to immediately extend the national moratorium. to evictions.
Pelosi urges Biden to extend moratorium on evictions
On the other hand, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democratic legislators on Sunday urged the government of President Joe Biden to immediately extend the national moratorium on evictions, considering that it is a “moral imperative” for prevent Americans from being evicted from their homes during a COVID-19 spike.
Approximately 3.6 million americans they are at risk of eviction, some even since Monday. Congress failed to pass a bill quickly to extend the moratorium, which expired at midnight Saturday, and Democratic leaders said in a statement that it is now up to the Biden administration to act.
They ask Biden to extend the moratorium on evictions
Lawmakers urged the Biden Administration to extend the moratorium until Oct. 18. “Action is required, and it must come from the government,” Pelosi said in the statement signed by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer; Chairman James E. Clyburn and Deputy Chairman Katherine Clark.
“Science and reason demand that they also extend the moratorium due to the delta variant. Doing so is a moral imperative ”. Some Democratic lawmakers said they were caught off guard Thursday when Biden announced that he would not extend the moratorium again, following a Supreme Court ruling hinting at the need for Congress to act for another extension.
Extension of moratorium is a “moral imperative”
Legislators only had a few days to act before the ban expired, which generated frustration and anger, and exposed an unusual disagreement with the government. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday after the moratorium expired that Democrats have to “call things by their names.”
“We cannot in good faith blame the Republican Party when the Democrats in the House of Representatives have a majority,” said the progressive congresswoman on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats joined Democratic Rep. Cori Bush at the weekend when Bush camped outside the Capitol. Filed Under: US Evictions
More than 3 million families at risk of being left homeless
“We thought the White House was in control,” Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, chairman of the Financial Services Commission, said Saturday on CNN when lawmakers had finished their work. The Associated Press.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decreed the moratorium as part of the COVID-19 crisis when jobs changed and many workers lost their income. The aim of the measure was to prevent further spread of the virus among people who were forced to live on the streets and in shelters. Filed Under: US Evictions
Latinos among the most affected
More than three million American households will be affected after the end of the moratorium that has prevented them from being evicted from their homes, which was decreed last year due to the crisis created by the covid-19 pandemic and many of them are Latinos, reported the Efe agency.
According to a study by the Eviction Lab, from Princeton University, (New Jersey), the zip codes with the most evictions in each city tend to be in communities of color, where mostly Latinos and blacks live, indicated the Telemundo network. Fourteen out of 100 white people are in the same situation, according to the study. Filed Under: US Evictions
Landlords can start evicting tenants
In Grand Prairie, Texas, Judge Sasha Moreno has said that she has about 100 pending eviction cases on her desk and expects the number to rise. “On Monday we will have to start sending hearing notices for all those cases and we will have to start listening to them, in addition to all the new requests we are receiving,” the chain also indicated.
The owners of flats and houses for rent can now start the procedures to evict those who are not paying, unless the city or state in which their property is located has its own regulations that continue to prevent it, something that does not happen throughout the country. Filed Under: US Evictions.