Tuesday, the Biden Administration announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be extending the eviction moratorium for areas where the rate of coronavirus remains high. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), who had called for the moratorium to be extended, issued the following statement:
“I thank the Biden Administration for this action that will keep thousands of families in their homes, sparing them the completely avoidable pain of being unhoused during a pandemic and recession. The eviction moratorium was always about helping families weather the crisis so that we could all be better positioned to get back to work when it is safe to do so. With the coronavirus still raging in many parts of the country, the need that justified this moratorium over the past year remains.
“While I am grateful to the Biden Administration for extending this order, we also must do a better job of quickly dispersing the funds provided for landlords and tenants. Congress approved $46.5 billion to help landlords, but so far very little of that money has been given out, making the crisis more painful than it needs to be. Nobody should lose their home or face economic uncertainty because of a crisis they didn’t cause. I’m proud of the steps Congress has taken to ensure this is the case, but those responsible for distributing these funds must make sure the money is reaching those it was intended to help.”