CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium One Last Time, Protections Now End July 31

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended the evictions moratorium from June 30 until July 31, which the CDC said on Thursday is "intended to be the final extension of the moratorium."

The moratorium extension was made by CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and the Biden administration. The nationwide ban prevents tenants from being evicted if they can't make rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The White House had acknowledged Wednesday the emergency pandemic protection, which had been extended before, would have to end at some point. The trick is devising the right sort of off-ramp to make the transition without massive social upheaval.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the separate bans on evictions for renters and mortgage holders were "always intended to be temporary."

This week, dozens of members of Congress wrote to President Joe Biden and Walensky calling for the moratorium to be not only extended but also strengthened in some ways.

The letter, spearheaded by Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Jimmy Gomez of California and Cori Bush of Missouri, called for an unspecified extension in order to allow the nearly $47 billion in emergency rental assistance included in the American Rescue Plan to get into the hands of tenants.

Ending the assistance too abruptly, they said, would disproportionately hurt some of the same minority communities that were hit so hard by the virus itself. They also echoed many housing advocates by calling for the moratorium's protections to be made automatic, requiring no special steps from the tenant in order to gain its protections.

"The impact of the federal moratorium cannot be understated, and the need to strengthen and extend it is an urgent matter of health, racial, and economic justice," the letter said.

Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, called an extension of the eviction ban "the right thing to do—morally, fiscally, politically, and as a continued public health measure."

But landlords, who have opposed the moratorium and challenged it in court, are against any extension. They have argued the focus should be on speeding up the distribution of rental assistance.

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President Joe Biden walks out of the State Dining room after an event with Attorney General Merrick Garland at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to discuss gun crime prevention strategy. Susan Walsh/AP Photo