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Millions of US citizens at risk of eviction as moratorium expires

Millions of US citizens at risk of eviction as moratorium expires

Washington, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) Following a failed last-ditch effort by the Biden administration to extend the nationwide ban on residential evictions, the moratorium that had been in place since September 2020 expired on Saturday, leaving millions of Americans at risk of being forced from their homes.
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Experts strongly believe that renters across the country, but mainly in Ohio, Texas and parts of the southeastern United States, where housing costs are higher and economic problems continue due to present health crisis, may be left homeless.

In a statement on Monday, the White House emphasized that the federal government has provided $46.5 billion to keep renters in their homes. But it accused states and cities of being ‘too slow to act,’ preventing that aid from making its way to tenants whose livelihoods have been upended by the pandemic.

Data from the US Census Bureau collected from last week of June and the first week of July revealed that some 7.4 million tenants are behind on rent.

US President Joe Biden and Democratic congressmen are trying to elucidate who has the responsibility of extending the eviction ban that expired on Sunday.

Lawmakers justified Friday that due to lack of votes they will not be able to pass legislation to resume the moratorium.

The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats pressure the Biden government to renew the decision, an ’emergency’ amid the rise of Covid-19 cases in the country.

However, the Biden administration explained that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which was the one who initially made such a decision, will not be able to act now without the consent of congressmen due to a Supreme Court´s ruling on June.

Groups of real estate agents asked the Supreme Court to block CDC´s order on the grounds that Congress never authorized it and that it has caused them more than $13 billion losses.

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