The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended its federal moratorium on evictions until June 30.
This latest extension is the third time the deadline was extended for non-payment of rent.
The CDC issued the order in September 2020 to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and it was supposed to expire at the end of that year. It was then extended in December.
After President Joe Biden was inaugurated, he called on the CDC to extend the ban until March 31.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said it is important to keep people in their homes and out of “crowded or congregate settings” to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Today, I signed an extension to the eviction moratorium (now through 6/30/21) because keeping people in their homes & out of crowded or congregate settings is a key step in helping to #StopTheSpread of #COVID19. https://t.co/WHKAKfl2Ep pic.twitter.com/WK63bLHEhc
— Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH (@CDCDirector) March 29, 2021
A study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looked at the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on food, housing and employment hardships.
The study found that the pandemic and economic fallout impacts were widespread, but Black, Latino, Indigenous and immigrant households were impacted more harshly.
Data from the study revealed that while just 12% of white renters said their household was behind on rent, 24% of Black rents were behind.
According to CNN Business, the federal ban on eviction protects struggling renters who have explained to their landlords that they cannot pay rent. However, it is not rent relief and renters will be expected to pay their entire back rent or risk losing housing.