World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 30 Mar, 2021 03:30 am

At last minute, US government renews inadequate eviction moratorium for three months

At last minute, US government renews inadequate eviction moratorium for three months
As thousands of workers and families have found out in the last eight months, landlords have still been able to process evictions despite the CDC order.

Nearly 15 percent of adults in Mississippi reported that they are not current on rent or mortgage payments and have “slight or no confidence” that they will be able to pay next month’s rent or mortgage on time.8 percent of adults in Alabama likewise reported to the Census Bureau that they have no confidence in their ability to pay next month’s rent or mortgage.6 percent of adults in New York and Ohio and 10.5 percent of adults in South Dakota.

And while the misnamed American Rescue Plan enacted earlier this month and the December 2020 relief packages did allocate some $50 billion in rental assistance, barely any of those funds have been distributed as the infrastructure to distribute the money only recently materialized.The Courier-Journal found that between August and December 2020, when the state of Kentucky was covered by a state-wide and then the CDC moratorium, judges in the Jefferson District ruled against renters in 1,298 eviction cases.

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