The CDC will extend the national eviction ban until the end of June
Tenant rights activists march outside the home of New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh to protest what they say is inadequate legislative relief for renters during the COVID-19 pandemic and to call for rent cancellation on Jan. February 2021 in the East Calling Village District of New York City.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have extended the national eviction ban until the end of June.
“The COVID-19 pandemic poses a historic threat to the country’s public health,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in a statement. “Keeping people in their homes and outside of crowded or gathered environments – such as the homeless shelters – by preventing evictions is an important step in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”
The eviction ban was due to expire in two days, and proponents warned of an increase in evictions without an extension.
According to a survey published in March by the Census Bureau, around 20% of adult renters said they hadn’t paid last month’s rent. Closer to 33% of black tenants said the same thing.
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The health department’s decision to extend the ban by three months is likely to be influenced by the fact that mass evictions could undermine the country’s attempts to get the coronavirus pandemic under control. 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 the District of Columbia temporarily banned evictions, some for just 10 weeks. The researchers found that continuing evictions in these states between March and September, when the CDC ban went into effect nationwide, caused 433,700 cases of Covid-19 and 10,700 additional deaths in the United States.
“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,” said Kathryn Leifheit, one of the study’s authors and a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.