Supreme Court Blocks CDC’s Eviction Moratorium
In a 6-3 decision on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the CDC’s latest eviction moratorium less than a month after it went into affect. The moratorium was supposed to be in effect until Oct. 3. The six Supreme Court Justices determined that if a federal, eviction moratorium is to be in effect, Congress must authorize it, not the CDC. There is little hope that Congress can implement a new moratorium since they were unsuccessful at the end of July.
11 Million People at Risk
According to The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 11 million people are behind on their rent. These renters are now at risk of being removed from their homes.
$45 Billion Available, $4.7 Billion Used
There has been news and articles about the slow rollout of the $45 billion in rental assistance funds. At the end of July, only $4.7 billion has been distributed according to the U.S. Treasury.
What Can You Do?
If you are at risk of being evicted, you can still apply for rental assistance. The National Low Income Housing Coalition has a state-by-state list of the programs distributing federal money. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also has a tool to help with rental relief.
States With Their Own Eviction Moratoriums
Although the CDC’s ban no longer applies, a number of states and cities have their own eviction moratoriums. For example, renters in New Jersey cannot be removed until January. In California, renters are protected until October. In addition, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New York and Oregon are temporarily banning evictions against renters with pending rental assistance applications. Tenants in Nevada also can’t be forced out if their landlord refuses to accept the aid.