CDC extends federal eviction ban until June 30
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an extension of the federal eviction moratorium, now set to expire June 30. This extension is essential for nearly 10 million Americans who have requested rental assistance, and will allow them to remain in their homes amidst the ongoing economic challenges brought on by the pandemic. The Biden administration also announced increased enforcement of penalties for landlords who do not comply with the eviction moratorium.
The moratorium extension will allow state and local governments additional time to distribute billions of dollars in rental assistance, recently approved by Congress, to families who need it. Colorado adults living in households with children in September and October 2020 were nearly three times as likely as those without children to report being behind on rent, and significantly more likely to have slight or no confidence in their ability to pay next month’s rent.
Unstable housing has negative impacts on the health and well-being of kids and families. It also makes it difficult for children to attend school or succeed academically. This is especially true as many kids continue to learn remotely. Even before the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, many Colorado families were facing a housing crisis, and families with children face eviction at significantly higher rates.
While the extension will provide families with much-needed relief and help them stay in their homes, the Biden administration should strengthen the moratorium by making it universal, automatic, and working to close loopholes that allow some landlords to continue evicting renters in spite of the ban.
The administration should also continue to ensure that emergency rental assistance reaches the lowest-income and most disproportionately impacted renters who face the greatest risk of eviction. People of color face greater barriers to stable housing and experience higher rates of evictions due to past and current racist policies and practices. By striving to ensure equitable distribution of funds and fair enforcement of the moratorium, we can keep all Coloradans housed.
Every child and family should have a safe place to call home. While this moratorium extension is critical and will help keep Colorado kids and families housed in the coming months, we must do more to address the persistent housing issues currently facing Colorado. Colorado policymakers can improve housing security for kids and families across our state by passing policies like SB21-173 and HB21-1117. State and local governments must continue to use all the tools available to them to promote the development of affordable, stable housing that eliminates barriers to access and places equity at the forefront.