Court keeps federal eviction moratorium in place
A U.S. court of appeals ruled that the federal CDC eviction moratorium can continue to stay in place and further noted that the Justice Department showed a strong likelihood of succeeding in its appeal of a lower court ruling to overturn the moratorium. The Alabama Association of Realtors has appealed the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court.
This is good news for families in Colorado who are struggling to remain in their homes as they deal with the economic impacts of the pandemic. The eviction moratorium has been a critical strategy to help families stay housed.
If the CDC moratorium is overturned or allowed to expire on June 30, Colorado families will again face the risk of eviction, and families with children were already at greater risk of eviction prior to the pandemic. Data continue to demonstrate that households with children in Colorado and across the country face a greater risk of eviction and homelessness as a result of the pandemic. They are more likely to be behind on their rent or mortgage payments, and have little or no confidence in their ability to make their next payment.
Due to past and current racist policies and practices that create more barriers to housing stability for communities of color, Black and Latinx families are also significantly more likely to face eviction. As a result of the culmination of discriminatory policies and practices, Black women with children face the highest rates of eviction.
Colorado families need solutions to help them stay in their homes. Unstable housing has serious negative impacts on the health and well-being of kids and families. Eviction moratoria are one important tool to keep families housed as we recover from the financial impacts of the pandemic. Colorado must ensure that our state maintains a network of protections to promote stable housing for all Colorado kids and families.