Millions of Americans are worrying if they will have a roof over their head tomorrow night, as the eviction moratorium comes to an end tonight.
11 million Americans are still behind on their rent, as a result of the pandemic and lockdowns, and they face the risks of eviction and homelessness come August 1.
The White House confirmed yesterday that the eviction moratorium, after being extended through July, will expire tonight. That decision comes following the Supreme Court’s decision that Congress would have to authorize further extensions.
The CDC’s eviction moratorium, which was first put in place March 27, 2020, ends July 31 at midnight. While Congress did allocate $45 billion in federal rental assistance, cities and states have been remarkably slow to distribute the financial aid. According to the U.S. Treasury, only $3 billion has been distributed to households so far, even though the stimulus packages were passed in December 2020 and March 2021.
Some Southern states, like Georgia and South Carolina, have a higher number of renters who are arrears (ranging from 25-33%), compared with others, like Idaho (6%). Nationwide, low-income households and people of color are also more likely to be behind in rent, with almost 25% of black renters in debt to their landlord. The demographic likely to be hardest hit by the end of the eviction moratorium is black, single mothers, as more than 1 in 3 are behind in rent, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.