(Washington) Millions of American families are at risk of being evicted from their homes as of Saturday amid the COVID-19 pandemic and against a backdrop of political cacophony with chambers like the White House.
Posted on Jul 31, 2021 at 1:16 pm
Julie CHABANAS Agence France-Presse
“When it happens, it happens […]. I’m doing what I have to do to survive, ”Terriana Clark told regional news site NOLA.
A moratorium on evictions due to unpaid rent, which expires at midnight on Saturday, allowed the 27-year-old Louisiana resident, who was unemployed due to illness, to evade eviction last month.
So here she threatens to end up on the street that says she has already spent most of 2020 in a car with her husband and two children.
Mary Hunt, a Michigan medical vehicle operator, is also struggling to pay rent for her RV after contracting COVID-19.
“If I lose this home, then (my five cats and my dog) will come to live with me in the car. People may well think that I’m crazy, I’m not going to abandon my family, ”she told NPR radio.
So many dramatic situations following three days of great political confusion.
The officials elected in the House of Representatives could not agree on an extension on Friday, which the Biden government had hastily asked for on Thursday.
Since then, US politicians have passed the money: the Democrats attack the Republicans who accuse President Joe Biden of his lack of expectation when the White House points out the responsibility of the Supreme Court.
“It is extremely disappointing that the Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate have refused to work with us,” said the spokeswoman for the Democratic House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, on Friday evening.
“What is President Biden’s solution? Blame the (Supreme) Court and ask Congress to remedy the situation, ”lamented Republican Vice President of the House Financial Services Commission, Patrick McHenry.
The elected representatives of the House of Representatives are now on vacation until the end of August, with the senators following a week later, which removes any hope of a quick agreement.
Cori Bush, Democratic representative of the state of Missouri, cannot accept this. This elected official, who was herself homeless, spent the night on Capitol Hill in Washington with other elected officials from the left Democratic camp.
“We could have extended (the moratorium) yesterday, but instead some Democrats went on vacation. We slept in the Capitol last night to ask them to come back and do their job, ”she said on Twitter on Saturday.
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.
The suspension of evictions was imposed by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the United States’s primary health agency, in September 2020 and then extended several times in the name of fighting the spread of COVID-19.
However, the Supreme Court ruled in June that Congress would have to decide on further extensions.
To make matters worse, the money that the federal government makes available to help tenants in difficulty with paying their rent hardly ever reaches their bank accounts due to complex bureaucratic procedures.
Of the $ 46 billion planned by the government, of which $ 25 billion was disbursed in early February, only $ 3 billion has reached its target.