- Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats are demanding President Joe Biden to extend the eviction moratorium.
- More than 3 million families are at risk of losing their home after the end of the moratorium.
- Democrats ask Biden Administration to extend the moratorium until October 18.
On Sunday, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democratic legislators urged the administration of President Joe Biden to immediately extend the national eviction moratorium, considering that it is a “moral imperative” to prevent Americans from being evicted from their homes during a COVID-19 spike.
Approximately 3.6 million Americans are at risk of eviction, some even since Monday. Congress failed to pass a bill quickly to extend the moratorium, which expired on Saturday midnight, and Democratic leaders said in a statement that it’s 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 over the weekend when Bush camped outside the Capitol.
More than 3 million families at risk of being left homeless
“We thought the White House was in control,” Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, chair 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.
Latinos among the most affected
More than three million American homes 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 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.
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 these 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: Evictions moratorium extension.
Moratorium extension has been approved in several states
The moratorium was issued in September last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which banned evictions on the grounds that they represented a health risk in the midst of a pandemic. The states of New Jersey, New York, California, Illinois, Maryland and Washington, DC have extended their moratoriums.
The proportion of applications filed against Latino tenants during the pandemic has increased both in cities with large Hispanic populations, such as Houston and Fort Worth, Texas, and small ones, such as Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, according to data from the Eviction Lab, Telemundo also highlights. Filed Under: Evictions moratorium extension.
Latinos could be evicted in the coming months
He cites a recent Census Bureau survey, which shows that about a third (26%) of Latinos who are behind on their rent are very likely to be evicted in the next two months. That number doubles the percentage (13%) of white people who believe they will have to leave their homes.
Congress allocated nearly $ 47 billion in aid, which had to go to tenants with late rent payments, funds that in some cases are delivered to states, counties, or cities for each to distribute to those who request it. . Filed Under: Evictions moratorium extension.
Government allocated millions of dollars in aid
However, as of June, states and local governments had only distributed about $ 3 billion of the first $ 25 billion tranche.
Some states like New York have distributed practically nothing, while several have only approved a few million dollars, adds Telemundo. Filed Under: Evictions moratorium extension.
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