The eviction moratorium that has prevented millions of people from being evicted is set to expire Saturday, but there is a mad Dash in Congress to potentially add another extension that will allow people who aren’t paying rent to stay in their homes.
It’s been a constant sliding deadline for over a year, and landlords are frustrated at not being able to take action as they miss out on months of payments.
In June, the Supreme Court got involved, and allowed the CDC order to stay in place until July 31, but they kicked future decisions to Capitol Hill, saying it would require congressional action to extend it yet again.
Democratic leaders are in favor of taking the moratorium into August, and beyond.
Here’s what Nancy Pelosi said in a letter she sent to fellow Democrats.
“I am now writing to you with a plea to help those in need receive what was intended for them. We must extend the eviction moratorium to provide more time for the funds to be disbursed. I make this plea, invoking the Gospel of Matthew, which reminds us of our responsibility: to provide shelter to those in need.”
Future dates being thrown out are October 18, or even until the end of the year.
While the House works on extending the deadline, the Senate would not be able to act on it right away because they are tied up working on the infrastructure bill.
The eviction moratorium was put into place last fall by the CDC as a way to help stop the spread of COVID.
There are currently 11.4 million adult renters behind on rent according to an agency called the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.