THE Centers for Disease Control has issued a temporary eviction moratorium as the world grapples with the newest strain of coronavirus.
The moratorium is expected to last only two months.
Eviction moratoriums expired in July but the Centers for Disease Control has issued a temporary halt
What is the CDC’s eviction moratorium?
The CDC’s temporary eviction moratorium covers counties experiencing “substantial” or “high” levels of coronavirus spread.
One source familiar with the moratorium told CBS that it currently includes about 80 percent of US counties or 90 percent of the US population.
This new moratorium will be separate from the previous one that expired over the last weekend of July.
This temporary eviction halt is set to last until October 3, 2021.
The Supreme Court determined that Biden’s administration could not extend the previous eviction moratorium through executive actionCredit: Splash
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky spoke to CBS about the centers’ moratorium plan, saying: “The emergence of the delta variant has led to a rapid acceleration of community transmission in the United States, putting more Americans at increased risk, especially if they are unvaccinated.
“This moratorium is the right thing to do to keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings where COVID-19 spreads.”
What did Joe Biden’s administration say about the eviction moratorium?
The Supreme Court determined that Biden’s administration could not extend the previous eviction moratorium through executive action.
The White House claimed it lacked the authority to extend the moratorium after Congress called on it to act.
The announcement the moratorium would end was announced Thursday, July 29, with the Biden administration saying it wanted to extend it due to rising infections.
The administration claimed its hands were tied after the Supreme Court signaled in June it would not be extended beyond the end of July without congressional action.
Some Democratic lawmakers had wanted it extended until the end of the year.
“August is going to be a rough month because a lot of people will be displaced from their homes,” said Jeffrey Hearne, director of litigation Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
“It will be at numbers we haven’t seen before. There are a lot of people who are protected by the … moratorium.”
The president spoke to reporters on August 3 regarding the new moratorium, saying: “Any call for a moratorium based on the Supreme Court’s recent decision is likely to face obstacles.
“I’ve indicated to the CDC I’d like to look at other alternatives.”
How many people have faced eviction during the pandemic?
As of July 5, roughly 3.6million people in the US said they faced eviction in the next two months, according to the US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey.
Similarly, an estimated 1.75million homeowners — roughly 3.5 percent of all homes — are in some sort of forbearance plan with their banks, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
The Biden administration had hoped that historic amounts of rental assistance allocated by Congress in December and March would help avert an eviction crisis.
But so far, only about $3billion of the first chunk of $25billion had been distributed through June by states and localities.
Another $21.5billion will go to the states.
The speed of disbursement picked up in June, but some states like New York have hardly distributed; several others have only approved a few million dollars.
However, eviction moratoriums will remain in place in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Washington, DC, until they expire later this year.