Raleigh evictions: As eviction crisis unfolds in Raleigh, President Biden and CDC impose new moratorium
The whirlwind of wondering whether the moratorium is gone for good or whether it is returning has only added to the confusion.
“It’s wrong for them to kick me out like this for no reason,” said a man named Rudy, a tenant from Raleigh amid the desperate scene Tuesday morning outside the courthouse. He shared his story on the Facebook livestream of the People’s Budget Coalition NC, a group of community organizations that advocate for health care, housing and workers. They were in downtown Raleigh, connecting tenants threatened with eviction amid the pandemic with resources to help them.
According to the PBC, since the federal moratorium on evictions expired last Saturday, more and more tenants are arriving downtown anxious and scared.
“People were getting notices that they had to go to the courthouse but didn’t really understand why. And they went in and got eviction notices,” PBC organizer Gayle Schwartzberg said.
Hours after anxious Raleigh tenants walked out of the Wake courthouse with eviction notices, President Biden and the CDC turned the tide and issued a new federal moratorium on evictions. Now a new rush to inform tenants and landlords of the millions of dollars available to help â¢ AT 11 pic.twitter.com/achKy6Hh6e
– Joel Brown (@ JoelBrownABC11) August 4, 2021
Meanwhile, in the White House, President Joe Biden was under pressure from his own party to act to renew the federal eviction freeze.
“The CDC will announce (a new moratorium) and the details of how exactly it works. I told them to take a look. I didn’t tell them what to do,” Biden said in a statement. press conference at the end of the afternoon.
Minutes later, the official word came from the CDC: A new moratorium on evictions will last until October 3 for counties with “significant” and “high” levels of virus transmission. This is almost all the counties in the ABC11 observation area.
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Now the focus is on relieving tenants. There is still millions of unspent federal money in the state’s Housing Opportunities and Eviction Prevention Program or the HOPE program. But too many people who need the money still don’t know it’s there.
âThey’ve turned off their cell phones and utilities and can’t seem to find anyone to help them and don’t know about resources like the HOPE program,â Schwartzberg said.
Rent assistance programs serve as last lifeline as moratorium on evictions ends
“The money is there! We don’t have to send it. It’s been sent to states and counties, billions of dollars,” Biden said.
The HOPE program application page is currently online. The NC Housing Coalition told ABC11 last week that the initial issues and late payments have been resolved, and the program currently takes about two weeks between application and payment of rent.
There is also a portal for landlords with tenants who cannot pay rent. The program reimburses rent and utilities.
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