(Washington) The White House on Monday put pressure on states and communities to prevent evictions of distressed tenants after the moratorium that protected them expired and the Delta variant re-fueling cases of COVID-19 .
Posted on Aug 2, 2021 at 6:18 pm
Some states in the country had taken measures to protect their residents by the end of the month, affecting around a third of US renters, “but in the other states we need to act,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a Release press.
Several measures were announced.
In particular, White House teams have been asked to examine the possibility of suspending expulsions by “authorities” other than Congress, which is the only one in power thanks to a recent court ruling.
At the same time, President Joe Biden called on all states and municipalities to take measures to protect tenants “for at least the next two months.”
Above all, the White House wants to accelerate the disbursement of funds made available by the Biden administration in early February to tenants to help them pay their rents. It is therefore planning “to sound out all the means available to the federal government to put pressure on the states and municipalities to carry out these distributions”.
In particular, bureaucratic reasons slow down these payments considerably. Out of a total of $ 46 billion, only $ 3 billion has been distributed to tenants in trouble, of which $ 25 billion has already been sent to states and local communities.
More than 10 million people in the US are in arrears with their rent payments, the independent research institute CBPP calculates. And around 3.6 million tenants estimate, according to a study by the statistical office that was carried out at the beginning of July with 51 million tenants, that they are threatened with eviction within two months.
A ceasefire expired at midnight on Saturday. It was decided almost a year ago for health reasons in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic and was renewed several times.
The White House surprised parliamentarians on Thursday that the health authorities could no longer extend this moratorium for legal reasons and urged them to urgently legislate. What the elected officials failed to do before the House of Representatives stopped working for the summer break.