Government to help tenants cope with the COVID-19 pandemic

On July 29, two days before a federal order suspending evictions from unpaid tenants expires, US President Joe Biden asked Congress to extend the document.

The above recommendation was made in the context that the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading on a large scale and threatens to slow down the recovery of the US economy.

Workers outside the New York City Department of Labor Office (USA)
Workers outside the New York City Department of Labor Office (USA)

According to White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, the 11-month moratorium on evictions is expected to remain in effect until the end of September. However, the US Supreme Court recently ruled that the order cannot continue after July 31 without congressional approval. After the Supreme Court's decision and based on the current COVID-19 epidemic situation, the Biden administration wants to minimize the negative effects of the disease on the people.

The moratorium on evictions from home is implemented according to the recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued in September 2020 to prevent the risk of hundreds of thousands of Americans falling into homelessness due to they lost their jobs and were unable to pay their rent and living expenses.

Since February, the US Treasury Department has implemented an emergency assistance program for tenants to help them pay their electricity and water bills and rent. The department has disbursed $25 billion to states and local governments, and the program still has $21.5 billion left.

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