The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new federal eviction moratorium on Tuesday.
The eviction ban will target areas of the country with high levels of coronavirus infections and last 60 days until October 3. Protection could cover around 90% of tenants.
The CDC’s original eviction ban, in effect since September 2020, expired on July 31.
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More than 11 million Americans are lagging behind on their rentals, and the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread. Research has shown that evictions lead to an increase in virus cases and deaths.
The White House had previously said it could not renew the eviction ban after the Supreme Court ruled in June that the policy could only be extended by law.
It’s unclear how the court will react to this new moratorium, but it could at least give states and cities more time to distribute the $ 45 billion in rental aid provided by Congress. By the end of June, only around $ 3 billion of that money had reached households.
“This is a tremendous relief to millions of people who were on the verge of losing their homes and, with them, their ability to stay safe during the pandemic,” said Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. “President Biden’s courageous action and leadership at this moment of crisis will save lives and untold suffering.”
– Additional coverage from Ylan Mui, CNBC congressional correspondent.