The Supreme Court on Thursday afternoon dismissed the Biden administration’s moratorium on evictions, issuing an eight-page majority opinion saying the CDC had no power to extend the moratorium on rental evictions.
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HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge released a statement, noting that the move puts millions of tenants at risk of losing their shelter.
“I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court ruling on the CDC deportation moratorium. With this ruling, the court put millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes, even as the Delta variant increases their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Many of these Americans are among our most vulnerable, including the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, young children, and the lowest income families. “
She continued, “I am committed that the Department of Housing and Urban Development will continue to use all the tools at our disposal to protect people whose health and well-being are now at risk.”
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is struggling to speed up the use of billions of dollars in federal funding to dragging states to use the money. Only $ 5.1 billion of the $ 46.5 billion in federal aid has been disbursed by states, reports The New York Times. They cite bureaucratic delays at state and local levels delaying payments to those in need.
Some states have taken matters into their own hands. New York and California have extended their own moratoriums on rental evictions, buying up some more time from tenants in those states. In addition, the Treasury recently announced that states can only rely on applicants’ self-attestations without further documentation.
Despite the red tape, if your state hasn’t extended the moratorium, you can still get help.
More than $ 40 billion has been allocated under the US bailout stimulus bill – and billions of dollars have yet to be claimed. You can find out if you are eligible and what your state’s requirements are here.
State and local programs are accepting requests from tenants and landlords for this assistance. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau says that at present, most federal emergency rental assistance programs accept homeowner claims. This has resulted in delays as many homeowners are unwilling to accept the assistance or have administrative difficulties applying. When tenants can apply, they often still need their landlord’s help to complete the process and make payments to you.
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In summary, there is money available if you need it. Familiarizing yourself with your state’s application process is the first step. Finding a nonprofit legal center that can help resolve administrative overlaps and landlord struggles could provide the edge needed to resist any barriers to entry.
Rent assistance is available, but with the expiration of the moratoriums, it’s now up to you to make sure you receive it.
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