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The CDC halts some evictions

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/02/20, 05:05 pm

Experts predicted millions of Americans could lose their homes as coronavirus-related eviction moratoriums began expiring in July. In early August, President Donald Trump issued an executive order instructing federal health officials to consider ways to stop the evictions. And on Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blocked landlords from kicking out certain renters who couldn’t make payments.

Who is protected? The moratorium protects renters who can’t pay specifically because of pandemic-related problems such as a job loss and are likely to become homeless. It covers couples who make less than $198,000 a year or individuals with an annual income of under $99,000. Renters must prove they requested government assistance to make their payments.

Dig deeper: Read Charissa Koh’s report in Compassion about how coronavirus-related shutdowns left many Americans in a tough spot.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • Narissara
    Posted: Thu, 09/03/2020 03:30 pm

    Whether or not CDC's actions were the right thing to do, I'd like to know more about where it gets its authority to involve itself in landlord-tenant matters.  I've never understood it to be a regulatory agency.  It does fall under the Department of Health and Human Services, but that in and of itself isn't enough.  From the CDC website:  "To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise."  That's consistent with the advisory role I've always understood it to have.  It seems to me landlord-tenant matters should fall under the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Trying to get the various Departments and the agencies under them to communicate and coordinate with one another is no easy feat, I realize that.  But it's bad public policy to start blurring the lines between their respective roles, responsibilities and authority, even in the midst of a crisis.  We're going to be stuck with having to live with whatever precedents are established for a long time to come.  

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 09/04/2020 02:50 pm

    I've been wondering why a bunch of people would be unable to pay their rent. Adults received $1200 stimulus payments, and if they were laid off or lost jobs, their unemployment payments were boosted by $600 a week more than normal rates. If they weren't working before covid, and didn't draw unemployment, they should still have whatever income--welfare, etc--they had before covid. PLUS the $1200 per adult stimulus. I have totally verified information that quite a few lower wage earners were actually getting more money per week than before they got laid off. 

    Inquiring minds would like to know--did drug dealers reap a windfall when these extra dollars were paid out?