Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a federal evacuation ban imposed last year ended Saturday at midnight in the United States. News agencies report that millions of people are at risk of taking to the streets, possibly to a homeless shelter.
The Center for Epidemiology and Disease Prevention, CDC, said back in June that it would not extend the federal ban beyond July 31. The 5:4 Supreme Court ruling has made this possible so far. Congress could have had a chance to rescind this order, but it didn’t.
The comment was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last September, when many lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Since President Joe Biden took office in January, the allowance has been extended several times for single renters with annual incomes below $99,000, and for married couples with no more than $198,000 in combined annual income.
According to a report by the Associated Press, there are partly political reasons why the situation of rent arrears cannot be resolved. Congress in Washington last year voted nearly $47 billion to make up unpaid rent, but payments through local governments are too slow.
Joe Biden originally wanted to extend the moratorium again. However, he announced on Thursday that he would not appeal the Supreme Court’s decision. According to the Associated Press, the president backed down because the court would have made a decision in response that would broadly limit the government’s options for action during health crises. Instead, the president called on Congress to quickly extend the moratorium again. On the other hand, the Democratic Party was unable to draft a bill that would have received majority support.
Many Democrats blame the president for the moratorium being over. They said the Supreme Court’s decision should have been appealed. The Associated Press says the case has caused a serious rift between the president and his party.
Several member states, such as New York, have extended the eviction ban under their jurisdiction.
By the end of March, about 6.4 million American families were behind in rent, according to official figures. On July 1, about 3.6 million people feared they would be evicted in the next two months.
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