Increased Houselessness As Federal Eviction Moratorium Ends?
" On Thursday, the White House confirmed it would let the moratorium expire because the supreme court said it would block additional extensions unless they were authorized by Congress. "
Source: The Guardian article linked to below
Apparently, some legislators in the US House of Representatives are crafting a bill that would extend the federal eviction moratorium urged on by the Biden administration.
Note that Oregon's eviction moratorium ended June 30th and not everyone qualified for Federal protection.
My understanding is that in Multnomah County renters (thanks to a vote by County Commissioners) have an additional 90 days from the end of the Oregon moratorium during which they are still protected from eviction. There was a similar grace period affected at the state level.
For homeowners, many who have also been struggling to make payments and therefore stay housed, Gov. Kate Brown also signed legislation to extend the mortgage foreclosure moratorium until September.
What will happen after?
Without an extension the Federal moratorium ends tomorrow, leaving millions of Americans behind on their rent and unable to pay or to find other lodgings (if they have orders filed against them). State emergency rental assistance programs don't seem able to keep up and some landlords won't accept the funds from the programs.
What will happen to these millions of people? Already homelessness isn't being properly addressed. And then of course, more people entering shelters now (if there are spaces) will probably mean increasing rates of COVID-19, with the Delta variant being as transmissible as chicken pox.
On this subject:
PBS Newshour [video with transcript]: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/what-renters-landlords-should-expect-as-the-federal-eviction-moratorium-expires
Portland Mercury: https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2021/07/08/34823018/multnomah-county-renters-protected-from-eviction-for-90-days-under-new-policy
The Register Guard: https://www.registerguard.com/story/news/2021/06/22/oregon-eviction-moratorium-rental-assistance/5310799001/
New York Times [behind a pay wall yet accessible to Multnomah County Library users here https://multcolib.org/resource/new-york-times-1980-present]:
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Following up on Elise's note about expiration of the federal eviction moratorium... The National Low Income Housing Coalition has asked for people and organizations within Representative Kurt Schrader's district to contact him today to support a vote that may take place soon to extend the federal eviction moratorium. Here is the district map - https://www.congress.gov/member/district/kurt-schrader/S001180?r=404
Ideal for people living in Clackamas County Oregon City, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Wilsonville, etc.
Below is suggested message
Please email and/or call Representative Schrader's office ASAP on Friday - Sample message below -
DC office - 202-225-5711 - simply leave message in bold below
Email Representative Schrader's appropriate staff:
Simone Auger - Housing advisor, legislative assistant - simone.auger@...
Kelly Nickel - Legislative Director - kelly.nickel@...
Subject line: Support legislation TODAY to extend federal eviction moratorium issued by CDC which is expiring
Simone and Kelly -
Introduction - your name, organization, and brief description if appropriate.
I urge Representative Schrader to support legislation to extend the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is set to expire this weekend. Without this protection, the 6.5 million renter households currently behind on their rent will be at heightened risk of losing their homes – and with them, their ability to keep themselves and their families safe.
Given the growing danger of the coronavirus Delta variant and the significant health and safety risks it poses, Congress should immediately extend the federal eviction moratorium issued by the CDC until vaccination rates increase in the lowest-income and most marginalized communities that face the greatest risk of eviction. The eviction moratorium extends vital protections to renters at risk of eviction during the pandemic, and by doing so, it has helped keep stably housed millions of people who otherwise would have been evicted.
Evictions put lives at risk and strain our already overstretched public health systems. In fact, research shows that evictions occurring between the beginning of the pandemic and the issuance of the CDC moratorium in September led to more than 400,000 additional COVID-19 cases and nearly 11,000 additional deaths.
The emergence of the Delta variant necessitates a further extension of the CDC eviction moratorium to contain the spread of the deadly disease. As stated by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on July 22, 2021, “the Delta variant is more aggressive and much more transmissible than previously circulating strains. It is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses we know of, and that I have seen in my 20-year career.”
Sincerely, YOUR NAME
On Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 12:22 PM Elise Aymer <elise@...> wrote: