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The move to pushing it back from the end of March, when it had been scheduled to lapse, was widely expected. It comes at a precarious moment in the pandemic as the increasing vaccine availability accelerates reopening plans by businesses and local governments — even as millions of families continue to struggle with hardships that might have led to mass evictions.
California had extended its moratorium through June back in January. In California, as of March 15, 1.14 million people have skipped rent payments — and 21% say they are “very likely” (and 25% “somewhat likely”) to face eviction, according to an analysis by Zillow. Those figures translate to as few as 2,436 potential evictions to as many as 241,197.
The CDC issued the moratorium last fall, citing its jurisdictional authority to implement measures needed to promote public health, and agency officials cited those same powers in extending the moratorium.
Earlier this year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development extended its moratorium on federally financed housing to June 30. The new housing secretary, Marcia Fudge, has signaled she would like to extend her agency’s eviction freeze even longer.
The Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion relief package, passed earlier this month, includes $21.5 billion for emergency rental assistance, $5 billion in emergency housing vouchers, $5 billion for homelessness assistance and $850 million for tribal and rural housing. But that aid will take months to be disbursed.
The federal moratorium is part of a patchwork of
federal, state and local efforts to prevent a national health and economic emergency from turning into a monumental housing collapse. In California, an eviction moratorium extension and $2.6 billion in rental relief became law in January.
California’s deal allows those who have paid 25% of their rent during the pandemic to avoid eviction and owe the back rent as civil debt. Converting back rent to civil debt means landlords can take their tenants to small claims court, but cannot evict them for the debt they owe.
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In the United States, the COVID vaccine rollout is underway. Every state is different and has different requirements to get the vaccine. Signing up is frustrating and confusing. But hopefully as more vaccines are released more and more people will be able to get one. In fact, it is projected that the
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