The Trump administration announced an order Tuesday that will temporarily ban residential evictions for tens of millions of Americans.
According to NPR, the moratorium gives the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the authority to prohibit evictions through the end of 2020. The move was made in response to the increasing concern over mass homelessness, as many Americans are struggling to pay their rent as a result of the coronavirus lockdowns. Health experts have also warned that a surge in evictions could exacerbate the pandemic’s spread.
The issuance of an Order under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This Order is effective from September 4, 2020 through December 31, 2020.