(PatrioticPost.com)- The federal moratorium on evictions expired on Monday, and many people expect evictions to begin to explode in the coming weeks.
Tenants are beginning to be locked out of homes by their landlords after they weren’t able to pay rent on time, and housing courts are starting to take on more cases by the day.
Many people who are housing advocates have a fear that the end to the moratorium, which was originally imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, could end up seeing millions of people without a home in just the next few weeks.
Most experts believe that the evictions will come in a flurry of activity in the next week, instead of as multiple waves. They believe tenants have been simply waiting in the wings for the authority to be able to evict people again.
Last Thursday, the White House said it would allow the eviction moratorium, which was placed on landlords nationwide, to expire. The Biden administration said it had no other option after the Supreme Court ruled the moratorium would only be allowed to extend through the end of July.
Last Friday, members of the House of Representatives tried to pass a bill that would’ve extended the moratorium for another few months, with some Democrats hoping it would extend until the end of 2021. Those proposals didn’t pass, though.
Alicia Mazzara, who serves as a senior research analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, is fearful for the future. She said:
“Struggling renters are now facing a health crisis and an eviction crisis. Without the CDC’s moratorium, millions of people are at risk of being evicted or becoming homeless, increasing their exposure to COVID just as cases are rising across the country.
“The effects will fall heavily on people of color, particularly Black and Latino communities, who face greater risk of eviction and more barriers to vaccination.”
The Aspen Institute recently reported that more than 15 million people are living in a household that owes up to $20 billion total to landlords across the country.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Pulse Survey reported that as many as 3.6 million Americans said they could face eviction over the next two months.
The most vulnerable parts of the country are areas of the South that have weaker protections for tenants. Many housing advocates say this eviction crisis could have a much larger impact than evictions that happened before the pandemic.
One of the biggest challenges has been the rental assistance that was given out as part of COVID relief packages in December and again in March have been slow to get to the source. Only roughly $3 billion of the $25 billion total in rental assistance was distributed to localities and states through June.
There is set to be $21.5 billion more that will eventually go to states.
But, that help looks like it’s going to be way too late to save some people who may face eviction in the very near future.