On the eviction moratorium:
Dear Friends, Please protect 11 million Americans from being unhoused by supporting the moratorium. See how below. Thank you! Ruth Yarrow
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From: Team AOC <info@...>
Date: Mon, Aug 2, 2021 at 8:23 PM
Subject: On the eviction moratorium:
To: Ruth Yarrow <rmyarrow@...>
Over the last few days, a lot has happened regarding the federal eviction moratorium.
To catch you up and lay out what’s going on, we put together this email explaining everything you need to know and how you can help:
What is the eviction moratorium?
In September 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a freeze on evictions to prevent homelessness during the pandemic and combat the spread of COVID-19.
The moratorium had been extended several times while state and local governments worked to distribute more than $45 billion in emergency funds that Congress appropriated to provide rental assistance for tenants and landlords.
The extended eviction ban was recently set to expire on June 30, but the Biden administration announced another extension through July 31 — a decision upheld by the Supreme Court.
Why wasn’t it extended again?
Last Thursday — the day before the House was set to adjourn — the Biden administration released a statement calling on Congress to extend the moratorium, suggesting that it only could be done through Congressional authorization this time.
But instead of staying to vote or reconvening to pass an extension in time, some members of Congress chose to leave for seven weeks of vacation, and Congress adjourned without taking action by the deadline.
What is going on now?
There’s still an opportunity to act, and we’re not accepting excuses. Up to 11 million people are currently behind on rent and are now at risk of being evicted — even though billions in emergency assistance for tenants and landlords is still available.
Alexandria is joining Rep. Cori Bush and their colleagues in the House to urge Congress to do everything in its power to extend the moratorium. But they need your help to keep up the pressure:
Thank you for taking action today,
– Team AOC
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