People protest for a moratorium on evictions on August 4, 2021 in New York.
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Millions of Americans left behind on their rents now face eviction after the Supreme Court overturned the Biden administration’s latest eviction ban.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the new eviction ban early this month, a few days after the previous moratorium expired. That order targeted tenants in areas with “substantial” and “high” levels of coronavirus cases, and would be in effect until Oct. 3.
Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that the CDC overstepped its authority with the ban means tenants are no longer protected by it.
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The health agency’s efforts to stop evictions during the pandemic have faced numerous legal challenges, and property owners have criticized the policy, saying they cannot afford to continue housing people for free.
Proponents, however, were skeptical about the lifting of the ban.
“The tragic, consistent and completely avoidable outcome of this ruling will be that millions of people will lose their homes this fall and winter, just as the delta variant devastates communities and lives,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income. Housing Coalition. .
More than 11 million Americans are left behind on their rent, according to a recent analysis by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. And nearly a quarter of black tenants are in arrears.
Concerned about eviction? You still have options
If you haven’t already, apply for rent assistance, experts say.
Congress has allocated more than $45 billion in rent assistance to address the crisis, and only a small fraction of the money has been spent so far. If you’re approved for the exemption, you can get up to 18 months of rent covered.
Applying for a job alone can help you live at home longer.
At least four states — Massachusetts, Nevada, New York and Oregon — temporarily prohibit evictions of those with pending rent assistance applications.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has a state-by-state list of the 493 programs that dole out the federal money. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also has a tool that allows you to apply for housing benefit.
If your landlord refuses to cooperate, about a quarter of programs now allow help to go directly to you.
Also familiarize yourself with your other rights.