Biden administration extends nationwide ban on evictions for one ‘final’ month through the end of July

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  • The Biden administration extended a nationwide ban on evictions until July 31.
  • The move comes after Democrats called on Biden to extend the ban.
  • The White House said it will work with state and local governments to prevent evictions.
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The Biden administration on Thursday extended a nationwide ban on evictions through the end of July, as renters recover from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ban, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was set to expire on June 30. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on Thursday signed the extension until July 31.

The moratorium is meant to help combat the spread of the coronavirus by keeping people unable to pay rent in their homes rather than in a more crowded setting, such as a homeless shelter, according to the CDC.

This is the third time the CDC order has been extended since it first went into effect in September.

The White House said this will be the “final” extension, but announced a series of actions it would take to help state and local governments prevent evictions, including accelerating the distribution of billions of dollars in emergency rental assistance and encouraging anti-eviction diversion practices to state courts.

The move comes after Biden faced pressure from congressional Democrats and housing advocates to extend the moratorium. A group of 41 Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday argued in a letter to Biden that evictions would “take lives and push households deeper into poverty” and that the issue is an “urgent matter of health, racial, and economic justice.”

Around 7 million people in the country are currently behind on their rent payments, according to a Census Bureau survey released in June.

Several Democrats hailed the Biden administration’s action on Thursday and thanked the White House for moving swiftly on the matter.

Yet not everyone was pleased with the outcome. Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York tweeted: “These are short term solutions for a long term problem. Evictions were harmful before the pandemic and will be harmful after.”

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Progressive Democrats call on Biden and the CDC to extend eviction moratorium which expires next week

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Usher speaks with Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., second from left, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., second from right, as they arrive for an event to mark the passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Washington.

  • A group of House Democrats called on Biden and the CDC to extend a federal eviction moratorium.
  • “It is an urgent matter of health, racial, and economic justice,” they wrote in a letter.
  • Around 7 million people are still behind on their rent, according to the Census Bureau.
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Several progressive Democrats on Tuesday called on President Joe Biden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to extend a federal eviction moratorium that is set to expire on June 30.

In a letter signed by 41 members of Congress and led by Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Cori Bush of Missouri, and Jimmy Gomez of California, the lawmakers urged the White House and CDC to “take action to prevent a historic wave of evictions and keep renters safely in their homes.” The letter was first reported by ABC News.

The group of House Democrats cited Census Bureau data that showed minority households, including Black, Latino, Asian and Indigenous, are more likely to be behind on their rent payments, arguing in support of the extension “to protect vulnerable renters” and “curtail the eviction crisis disproportionately impacting our communities of color.”

Around 7 million people are still behind on their rent, according to the Census Bureau.

The lawmakers also pointed to data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that found that communities with lower COVID-19 vaccination rates and higher cases happen to be more at risk of facing eviction.

“Allowing the moratorium to expire before vaccination rates increase in marginalized communities could lead to increased spread of, and deaths from, COVID-19,” they said in the letter.

“Evictions take lives and push households deeper into poverty, impacting everything from health outcomes to educational attainment,” they added. “The impact of the federal moratorium cannot be overstated, and the need to strengthen and extend it is an urgent matter of health, racial, and economic justice.”

Tenants struggling to pay their rent during the COVID-19 economic crisis were handed a lifeline in March 2020, when Congress first passed a federal eviction moratorium. The CDC then issued its own moratorium in September, which has since been extended twice. The current moratorium is set to expire at the end of the month.

Biden has previously expressed support to halt evictions until September 30. In his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed in March, the president allotted nearly $22 billion toward emergency rental assistance.

The White House did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

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