WASHINGTON (AP) – President Biden’s administration has less than a week to decide whether to extend the nationwide moratorium, a move that has helped many homeless tenants across the country in their homes during the epidemic.
Housing advocates are convinced that the ban will be extended for several months once it expires on March 31, and may even be strengthened. Still, they claim that the existing moratorium did not protect the blanket; they say that thousands of families were evicted for reasons other than non-payment of rent.
“The key to rebuilding and strengthening our economy is the collapse of COVID-19. To do that, we need to keep people safe as we work to vaccinate more people. That is what the American rescue program is doing, “said Jack E. Reid, a Sen. DR. “But for now, the extension of the moratorium is clearly guaranteed until more people are vaccinated, more supportive housing programs come in, more aid is provided.”
The White House said it was considering extending the ban. The Department of Housing and Urban Development did not respond to a request for comment.
Eric Dunn, director of the National Housing Draft Trial, said there were signs that the decision had already been made in silence. Last week, Dan said, a HUD official called housing attorneys to comment on a new, simplified horse that tenants could use to protect themselves from eviction.
“Why did they do that if they did not want to continue this for a while?” Dan asked. “The question is. What will the expansion look like? ”
Dunn և others would like to extend ավել improve the moratorium. Last week, more than 2,000 advocacy groups signed Biden’s new HUD secretary, Marcia Fudge, urging them to extend the ban by executive order to “fix the moratorium by improving order”.
Implemented in September by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, President Donald Trump’s mandate was extended until the end of January. Biden extended it until March 31.
The rationale for the blockade was that losing families, moving to shelters, or sharing crowded conditions with relatives or friends would spread the highly contagious coronavirus even more during an epidemic.
To be eligible for protection, tenants must earn $ 198,000 or less for couples who file a joint application, or $ 99,000 for single employers. show that they have asked the government for help in paying the rent. announce that they can not pay COVID-19 due to difficulties. և confirm that they will probably become homeless if evicted.
Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 bailout package included more than $ 25 billion in emergency rental assistance, plus more to help tenants who were lagging behind in their utilities but the eviction moratorium was not lifted.
And although the money works for the citizens, the need for help remains strong.
Councilor Pollock, coordinator of the National Coalition for the Protection of Civil Rights, says current surveys show that 18.4% of all tenants are rent-backed. That number also revealed a significant racial discrepancy. The percentage of tenants left behind from their rent was 32.9%.
Polak called the evictions “the only thing that can stop the flood” from spiraling into the still-volatile US economy. “Such a wave will simply not affect the tenants. it will destroy communities, as it did in 2008. “With the crisis of mortgage foreclosure,” he said.
Advocates say simply extending the moratorium is not enough.
One of the biggest changes to be defended by Biden is to make the protection of the ban automatic and universal. Tenants are now forced to take active steps to protect the ban, which leads to the use of the uniform.
“Often the most vulnerable are those who do not have the information they need to defend themselves,” said Diane Yentel, president of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, referring to recent immigrants and the elderly because they know little about their full rights. “Indeed, it is up to organizations like ours to spread the word,” he said.
Another drawback. Landlords in some jurisdictions are suing for eviction, a tactic that the Trump administration has lifted in a very ridiculous correction.
“It allowed the landlords to just tear up these evictions and get ready for work,” Dan said.
Many families have chosen to leave their homes at the first threat of litigation, fearing that the eviction, even if one is still in court, will tarnish their history, making it difficult to find a home.
Not everyone is in favor of a moratorium. Landlords in several states have sued to overturn the order, arguing that it was causing them financial hardship and violating their property rights.
There are at least six known lawsuits challenging the jurisdiction of the CDC ban. So far, three judges have spoken in favor of the ban, and three have ruled against it, and all cases are now being appealed. A Memphis judge ruled the CDC inadmissible throughout the Western Tennessee area.
“Individual eviction cases are still heard by state court judges far away. “Many of those who never liked the CDC termination procedure were just looking for ways to bypass or ignore it.”
Casey reports from Boston.