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Renters Get What Is Likely Their Last Reprieve

White House extends eviction moratorium one month through July
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 24, 2021 10:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Biden administration has extended the nationwide ban on evictions for a month to help tenants unable to make rent payments because of the pandemic, but it said this is expected to be the last time it does so. CDC chief Dr. Rochelle Walensky extended the evictions moratorium until July 31, with the agency adding that "this is intended to be the final extension," per the AP. The White House had acknowledged Wednesday that the emergency pandemic protection will 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."

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This week, dozens of members of Congress wrote to President 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 to allow the nearly $47 billion in emergency rental assistance included in the American Rescue Plan to get into the hands of tenants. "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.

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