Millions of people across the United States could be forced out of their homes since a national moratorium on evictions expires at midnight Saturday amid a spike in coronavirus infections.
With billions of government funds earmarked to help tenants who are still untapped, President Joe Biden this week ordered Congress to extend the 11-month ban on transfers after a recent Supreme Court ruling meant the House Bianca couldn’t do it.
But Republicans have opposed the Democratic Party’s efforts to extend the eviction ban until mid-October, and the House of Representatives has adjourned for its summer vacation Friday without renewal.
Cori Bush, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar, a Progressive Democratic councilor, slept outside the Capitol from Friday to Saturday to demand a moratorium extension.
“We [Democrats] controls the House, Senate and White House. We have to keep people accommodated, ”Bush said he wrote on Twitter, he urged Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to recall the chamber for a vote and Chuck Schumer, Leader of the Senate Democratic Majority, to extend the ban.
It’s 1 AM. Our solidarity is strong and our numbers are growing.
Millions are at risk of being evicted from their homes, and a controlled democratic government has the power to stop it.
Extend the eviction moratorium now. pic.twitter.com/Rt0LFgViAN
– Cori Bush (@CoriBush) July 31, 2021
“So many people are at risk of homelessness in our district and many have already experienced it. We are here for them,” Omar also said. he tweeted.
The expiration of the moratorium could put millions of Americans at risk of being forced out of rented houses and apartments.
More than 3.6 million Americans are in danger of being evicted, some in a matter of days, as nearly $ 47 billion in federal housing assistance to states during the pandemic has been slow to fall into the hands of the United States. tenants and landlords who must pay. The strikes can start immediately on Monday.
Proprietary groups have opposed the banning of vaccines, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put in place in September 2020 to combat the spread of COVID-19 and prevent it. abandonment during the pandemic.
More than 15 million people in 6.5 million U.S. households are currently behind on rent payments, according to a study by the Aspen Institute and the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, which collectively owes more than $ 20 billion. to the owners.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month 5-4 to put in place the CDC moratorium. The CDC said last month that it would not extend the ban last July 31.
Tensions rose late Friday as it became clear that there was no resolution in sight. Hours before the ban expired, Biden called on local governments to “take all possible measures” to immediately spend the funds.
Taking a summer break while your members face disruption is not only an “atrocity,” it’s also an abdication of responsibility.
I canceled my flight home and stayed in DC hoping my colleagues would do the same, but we had to upgrade since some rushed to their summer vacation. https://t.co/8A048JVc5I
– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 30, 2021
“There can be no excuse for any state or locality not accelerating funding to landlords and tenants who were injured during this pandemic,” Biden said in a statement. statement. “Every state and local government should use these funds to ensure that they prevent any disruption we may make.”
On Friday, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Federal Housing Agency separately extended their moratoriums on related evictions. to foreclosure until September 30, the last day of the current fiscal year.
Some states have chosen to extend eviction moratoriums beyond July 31, including New York, whose moratorium lasts until August 31, and California, which has extended its ban until September 30.
“We’re going in the wrong direction,” Dr Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical officer, said. he said last week, warning that most of the new cases, hospitalizations and deaths were among unvaccinated people across the country.
“The confluence of the Delta variant that grows with 6.5 million families behind income and at risk of eviction when the moratorium expires requires immediate action,” Diane Yentel, executive director of the Associated Press, told the Associated Press. National Coalition for Low-Income Housing.
“The need for public health extended protections for tenants is clear. If federal court cases have made a large extension impossible, the Biden administration should implement all possible alternatives, including a more limited moratorium on federally supported properties. ”