Common Dreams - July 30, 2021

"Congress must take every possible action to prevent evictions, including enacting an extension of the federal eviction moratorium. Tenants need more time."
—Housing coalition letter

House Democrats are racing against the clock to build support for legislation to extend the soon-to-lapse national eviction moratorium after the Biden administration announced Thursday that it wouldn't act on its own, potentially leaving millions of people at risk of losing their homes amid a deadly pandemic.

But with the moratorium set to expire Saturday, the last-minute effort faces long odds given that Republicans—and some Democrats—are unlikely to support an extension, despite experts' warnings about the potentially devastating public health impacts of allowing a wave of evictions as the Delta variant tears through the country.

The House Democratic leadership is scrambling to get members on board with a five-month extension of the moratorium, which would buy time for states and localities to distribute around $47 billion in federal rental assistance that has largely yet to reach tenants and landlords.

"If the administration won't act to extend the national eviction moratorium that expires on Saturday, we must," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. "I'm helping introduce urgent legislation to make that happen. Let's keep families in their homes."

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who is leading the emergency legislative effort, said she is "pulling out all the stops right now in Congress to stop people from being evicted from their homes!"

"The House must pass my bill to extend the eviction moratorium," added Waters, the chair of the House Financial Services Committee. ...
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