Millions of Americans could be homeless. At midnight Saturday, a housing moratorium that had decided on a truce on evictions due to the health crisis expired. It had been renewed several times. American politicians were trying to find a solution on Sunday.
More than 10 Millions of people in the United States are behind on their rent payments, calculated the CBPP, an independent research institute. And some 3.6 million tenants estimate that they risk being evicted within two months, according to a study by the statistics office carried out in early July with 51 million tenants.
The White House took parliamentarians by surprise on Thursday, ensuring that the health authorities could no longer, for reasons legal, further extend this moratorium, and asking them to legislate as a matter of urgency. What the elected officials did not manage to do before the House of Representatives ceased its work for the summer break.
The blockade sparked a lot of criticism from the ranks of Democratic officials on Sunday. House of Representatives boss Nancy Pelosi and several other Democratic leaders have called on President Joe Biden to extend the moratorium: it is a “moral imperative” to prevent people from being homeless, they said. they declared in a joint press release.
An increase in rents of 8.1% between June 2020 and June 2021 Democrat MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for her part, criticized the Biden administration for waiting until the last moment to ask Congress to act, insisting on the injustice that she believes there would be to evict tenants while several billion dollars in aid intended to at least partially solve the problem of unpaid rents have not been spent. “We can’t kick people out of their homes when our part of the deal hasn’t been fulfilled,” she blasted on CNN.
Earlier, Nancy Pelosi explained that faced with the difficulties of urgently legislating on the moratorium, some Democrats “have decided to focus instead on how to send tenants and owners the money” planned in the measures taken in response to the pandemic early in Biden’s tenure. She also called on the CDC, the main health agency in the United States, to extend the moratorium, due to the Delta variant threatening the country.
The CDC has the power to extend the eviction moratorium. As they double down on masks, why wouldn’t they extend the moratorium in light of delta variant?
– Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 1, 2021 The country had planned an envelope of 46 billion dollars, intended to at least partially solve the problem of unpaid rents. But its distribution is very laborious, for reasons of bureaucracy in particular. Thus, out of the 46 billions of dollars planned by the government, of which 25 billions disbursed at the beginning of February, only 3 billion arrived at their destination.
The recovery of the American economy, which does not benefit all households in the same way, drives up rents. According to the last score carried out by the specialized site Realtor, between June 2020 and June 2021 the median rent in the United States uniens climbed 8.1%.