(Washington) Under pressure from the Democratic left wing, U.S. health officials on Tuesday declared a new moratorium on rent evictions through October, citing public health risks amid the COVID pandemic.
Posted on Aug 3, 2021 at 6:56 pm
“The advent of the Delta variant has accelerated contamination in the United States, putting more Americans at greater risk, especially if they are not vaccinated,” wrote the director of the Centers for Prevention and Disease Control (CDC) ). , US Department of Public Health, Rochelle Walensky.
“This moratorium is the right thing to do so that people stay at home and not in gathering places where COVID-19 is spreading,” she said.
This moratorium runs until October 3rd.
Even if there is a risk of being challenged in court, there will “likely be extra time” to pay tenants the funds already allocated by Congress in February to help them pay their rents, House President Joe Biden hoped -White.
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.
A previous moratorium imposed by the CDC in September 2020 expired on July 31.
A Supreme Court ruling in June stipulated that an extension should be decided by Congress, not the CDC.
In the left wing of the Democrats, anger against the president, who was accused of not having found a solution in time, had been raging for days.
The homeless house politician Cori Bush has been camping in front of the Capitol, the seat of Congress in Washington, since Friday and urged Congress and the White House to act immediately while 11 million people were threatened with eviction.
“Today our movement has moved mountains,” tweeted Cori Bush on Tuesday and welcomed the news of the new moratorium on the steps of the Capitol, accompanied in particular by the young elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.