Protesters gather for a rally to support bills and laws to block evictions in Massachusetts for up to a year.
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The country’s attempts to get that Coronavirus pandemic Control could be undermined by the impending expiry of the national eviction ban, experts warn.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium on most evictions across the country has been in place since September 2020, but is set to expire in a week.
According to a survey published this month by the Census Bureau, around one in five adult renters say they haven’t paid last month’s rent. Closer to 1 in 3 black tenants said the same thing.
According to a recent study, continuing the mass evictions could lead to an increase in cases and deaths in Covid.
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That’s because many displaced people double up with family members or friends or are forced to turn to overcrowded shelters.
During the pandemic, 43 states and Washington D.C. Evictions are temporarily prohibited. Many of the moratoriums only lasted 10 weeks, while some states continue to ban the process.
Researchers found Permitting evictions in these states caused up to 433,700 cases of surplus Covid-19 and 10,700 additional deaths in the US between March and September before the CDC ban went into effect nationwide.
“If you look at an infectious disease like Covid-19, evictions can have implications not only for the health of displaced families, but the health of the wider community,” he said Kathryn Leifheit, one of the study’s authors and a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
The eviction of tenants is a last resort Bob Pinnegar, President of the National Apartment Association. However, the last year has marginalized the landlords, he said.
“Over 50% of rental housing providers in the country are mom and pop owners who rely on their few housing units as their only source of income,” he said. “The reserves are running out and in many cases are exhausted.”
The CDC has sent a suggestion to the Office of Administration and Budget to review the rules, which experts say indicate that the health authority is taking steps to maintain protection.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the ban could be extended until July.
CDC spokesman Jason McDonald said a decision to extend the moratorium had not been made. And the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, housing advocates are watching the clock and saying the ban must be in place at least until the historic pot of money allocated by Congress for rent arrears is distributed.
“An expired moratorium only increases disease transmission and defeats the purpose of $ 45 billion in assistance“said Emily Benfer, clearance expert and visiting law professor at Wake Forest University.