The Bans On Evictions Are Expiring, With Many Americans Still Out Of Work

The Federal CARES act, implemented to help get America through the COVID-19 pandemic, included a ban on evictions. This was intended to protect home renters who found their employment interrupted by COVID-19 shutdowns, so that they wouldn’t also find themselves homeless in the middle of a pandemic. Some states and cities have extended that ban on the local level, but the Federal ban is expiring, and with the pandemic still ongoing, some families may find themselves homeless.

Eviction protection in CARES act expires
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 27: (L-R) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Vice President Mike Pence listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for H.R. 748, the CARES Act in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Earlier on Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the $2 trillion stimulus bill that lawmakers hope will battle the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)

According to Nolo, the CARES act extends through July 25th. Now evictions can begin, where other protections haven’t been put in place. Connecticut, for instance, has blocked evictions until August 25. While Michigan’s state-level ban has expired, Detroit has extended the ban on evictions through August 15th. There are also protections for renters in single-family homes with mortgages through Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae — they’ve blocked evictions until the end of August.

For many Americans, though, these protections are expiring. As RawStory points out, because these protections and others are linked in the CARES act, increased unemployment payments end at the same time — meaning that those who relied on the extra $600 a week to pay their rent while out of work are also out of luck.

Steven Mnuchin said earlier this month that passing a new COVID-19 bill, with additional stimulus payments, and possibly an extension of the unemployment increase, would be a priority before the end of July. However, according to Common Dreams, when asked if the bill would pass by the end of the month, Mitch McConnell just laughed.

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