The national eviction ban for victims of COVID was not extended, and it has been revealed that the number of people who commit suicide after a botched eviction increased by 50%.
Recently, Congress failed to extend the much needed victim-focused legislation which would have helped countless families struggling with homelessness. It’s reported by experts in housing policy that without this protection from evictions there will be an increase in suicides amongst those left homeless due to persecution under COVID.
Renters across the country are bracing for eviction as federal housing aid has been slow to make its way into their hands. Over 3 million Americans could be forced from their homes in a matter of days, some with help already running out this Saturday when President Joe Biden’s national eviction moratorium is set to expire.
Democrats and Republicans have struggled unsuccessfully so far to come up with an agreement that would extend Obama-era legislation providing billions in public funds aimed at reducing home foreclosures during COVID-19 pandemic nationwide while avoiding any cuts or restrictions on private mortgage providers’ lending practices.
Joe Biden was furious. “Every state and local government must get these funds out to ensure we prevent every eviction we can,” he said in a statement released this morning on the pandemic’s devastating impact on renters. The result of inaction, as White House officials expected Congress to act first-hand while legislators were just waiting for Obama himself to take action – thus causing an unprecedented divide between allies that could have lasting implications given how many Americans are at risk of losing their homes right now.
“There can be no excuse for any state or locality not accelerating funds today.”
Biden set off a scramble by announcing he would allow the eviction ban to expire, rather than challenge a recent Supreme Court ruling. He called on Congress Thursday to swiftly pass legislation extending the deadline before it was too late for tenants and landlords alike.
Democrats raced this morning in response, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her colleagues not only to extend housing rights but also protect those who are owed compensation as they rush against an imminent threat of evictions across America.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is taking a stand for American families. “The rent bill must be extended,” she said in an overnight letter late Thursday, but Republicans have blocked any attempt to extend the bill even by just months and hours of behind-the-scenes wrangling has failed to garner support among Democrats.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney wants Congress to meet the needs of America’s struggling people with their HALT Act (Housing Assistance for Low Income Families). However during negotiations on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan objected when Democratic representatives attempted passage without formally voting on it – so there was no hope that this would pass through US legislative bodies yesterday or today.
With the COVID-19 pandemic steadily spreading, Congress took an unprecedented step and instituted a ban on people living out in public spaces or entering shelters. The goal of this legislation was to prevent those infected with COVID-19 from further contaminating others by congregating outside like they would at home. However, only $3 billion of nearly $47 billion earmarked for emergency relief has been spent so far as state governments have taken their time distributing funds that were intended to provide sheltering options for homeless families now exposed to new occupational hazards such as raw sewage which is often found near these places where many are staying outdoors due the lack of housing availability during this crisis caused by widespread infection rates among adults who work outside performing labor intensive tasks across all industries.
Joe Biden is trying to keep renters in place through other means. The White House has been clear that the Vice President would have liked to extend the federal eviction moratorium because of fear over a highly contagious virus, but authorities are also concerned about challenging court decisions and their ability for future public health crises on top of current housing needs.
Joe Biden wants people with HIV/AIDS or mental illness can still live where they’ve always done despite becoming homeless due to circumstances outside their control.”Last week he released more than $1.5 billion in rental assistance which helped nearly 300,000 households,” Mr Obama said at his own speech Thursday morning addressing homelessness across America as well as veterans who face obstacles finding employment after military service.
The Supreme Court ruled last month that the broad eviction ban will continue through July. One of those in the majority, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, made clear he would block any extension unless there was “clear and specific congressional authorization.”
Landlords are suing the government for $26 billion in damages because they no longer have a way to evict tenants, leading many of them into insurmountable debt. As an extension would only serve as another unfunded mandate on landlords and renters alike, it is unlikely that any will be granted.