Author: Jasmine Pool
As of September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) placed an order into effect to prevent residential evictions for non-payment of rent in the United States. Although the temporary national moratorium is a step in the right direction, it must be acknowledged that it is just a short term solution to a much larger problem. The moratorium is only in place until December 31, 2020. This leaves low-income residents and advocacy groups with one question: What happens to low-income renters and renters impacted by COVID-19 on January 1, 2021?
New data from the Aspen Institute lays out just how widespread evictions in Texas could be without adequate government intervention. In Texas alone, the estimated range of renter households who will be unable to pay rent and will be at risk of eviction is 1,120,000 – 1,460,000. In addition to this, the estimated eviction filings by January 2021 is expected to be at 860,000 in the State of Texas alone. If the moratorium is not extended, and if the federal government fails to provide adequate rental assistance funding, there will be a significant rise in the homeless population. Some estimates are claiming that the number of people experiencing homelessness could increase by nearly 45%. State and local policymakers can also use their voice to extend eviction moratoria to assist those in need. Certain laws that are currently in place may also be adjusted for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the level of protection for tenants and the length of time landlords can accept repayment of past-due rent.
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