Biden administration pauses evictions through June as millions of Americans behind on rent

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended a federal moratorium on evictions through the end of June, just days before the current extension expires as millions of Americans struggle to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 10 million Americans are behind on rent or mortgage payments, and more than 5 million people believe they are at risk of eviction or foreclosure, according to the US Census Bureau.

Roughly 8.4 million have reported that their households are not caught up with rent, according to the Census Bureau survey from 3 March through 15 March.

Earlier this month, more than 2,200 civil rights, housing and health organisations urged Joe Biden’s administration to extend the current ban to prevent a “catastrophic wave of evictions” in the weeks ahead.

The measure applies to individual renters making $99,000 or less and couples earning less than $198,000 or living in “congregate housing” who must declare that they are unable to pay for housing because of Covid-19-related hardships and risk homelessness if evicted.


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