CDC Announces New Eviction Moratorium Until Early October for Most of U.S.

Under pressure from progressive Democrats, U.S. health authorities on Tuesday announced a new moratorium on evicting tenants in much of the country until October, citing the public health risks of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The rise of the Delta variant has led to a rapid acceleration of community transmission in the United States, putting more Americans at risk, especially if they are unvaccinated,” said Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a statement. a statement.

The moratorium will apply to “counties experiencing a substantial and high rate of community transmission” of Covid-19, according to a CDC statement, and will expire on October 3.

“This moratorium is the right thing to do to keep people at home and out of…environments where Covid-19 is spreading,” Walensky said.

While the measure is likely to be challenged in court, the measure will give tenants additional time to access funds previously spent by Congress to help people pay the rent, White House President Joe Biden said.

For bureaucratic reasons, these payments have been incredibly slow reaching the American population — so far, only $3 billion has been distributed to households of the $25 billion allocated to states and localities in early February.

An additional $21.5 billion is available in a second round of funding, but will not be issued until the first tranche is issued.

“This brand new moratorium will give the money allocated by Congress time to flow as it helps stop the spread of the virus, which is exacerbated by the Delta variant, and protects families and landlords,” said House Speaker. Nancy Pelosi in a statement.

An earlier moratorium imposed by the CDC in September 2020 expired after a Supreme Court ruling in June ruled it could not continue beyond July 31 without Congressional approval.

The Democratic Party’s left wing has been raging for days against Biden, who blamed them for failing to find a timely solution.

House lawmaker Cori Bush, who has experienced homelessness herself, has been camping in front of the Capitol since Friday, calling on Congress and the White House to act immediately on behalf of the 11 million people threatened with eviction.

“Today our movement has moved mountains,” Bush wrote on Twitter, welcoming the news of the new moratorium on the steps of the Capitol, which included progressive lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

(AFP)

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