Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky signed an order Monday extending the federal government’s coronavirus eviction moratorium through the end of June.
The Biden administration extended the moratorium — originally ordered by former President Donald Trump in the early months of the pandemic — through March 31, 2021, just days after his inauguration. (EXCLUSIVE: Biden Admin Exploring Ways To Advance Pandemic Eviction Moratorium Despite Judge’s Unconstitutional Ruling)
Two federal judges ruled in subsequent weeks that the moratorium was unconstitutional, and senior White House officials told Daily Caller at the time that President Joe Biden and the Justice Department were “exploring options” to move forward with a second extension.
Despite the rulings, the White House framed the policy as a matter of public health, as evicted renters could be forced to find housing in over-crowded shelters and increase the possible spread of COVID-19.
The White House further announced Monday that the Departments of Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission have advanced efforts to extend housing relief to both renters and landlords.
In particular, the administration noted that the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan nearly doubled the funds in the Emergency Rental Assistance Program — which provides grants to applicable renters and landlords — to more than $20 billion.
The Biden administration also extended several housing relief provisions outlined in 2020’s CARES Act stimulus package, including expanding mortgage forbearance.