Amid 2020 shutdowns and business closures, many Americans had their income streams stripped away by the U.S. government.
This left Americans unable to pay their rent, feed their families, and otherwise support themselves. The weekly unemployment rates continue to show that millions of Americans are still struggling, even as particular economic gains are underway.
Right now, America has a nationwide eviction moratorium in place. The eviction moratorium essentially bars tenants who cannot pay the rent from being thrown out onto the streets. Certain debates about the eviction moratorium have also come up, especially from landlords who also have bills to pay and families to feed.
According to Newsmax, as the eviction moratorium gets closer and closer to expiration, many Americans are now looking to President Biden for answers.
A Looming Deadline on the Eviction Moratorium
On Wednesday, March 31, the eviction moratorium will expire, unless an extension is granted. Many Americans believe that Biden will end up issuing an extention; however, this is a matter that the public wants to hear the president or White House directly address.
Yeah they lied about the $2000 and the Unemployment and the retro payments and the eviction moratorium and the student debt and the cop accountability and the kids in cages and the deportations and the Iran deal but look on the bright side…. gas prices are up 75%
— ☭ McMittens (@quitfixngGAMES) March 21, 2021
Thus far, the Department of Housing and Urban Development remains tight-lipped about an eviction moratorium extension; however, the White House appears willing to grant it. Democrats are already making the case that until more coronavirus vaccines are distributed and more social safety nets arrive, the eviction moratorium is a must.
What to Expect from an Eviction Moratorium Extension
Certain leaders have made the case that the current eviction moratorium should be not only extended, but also expanded.
Many Americans across the nation have suffered evictions that are not related to inability to pay rent; according to National Housing Law Project leader Eric Dunn, tenants across the country need additional safeguards to shield them from eviction during these times.
Biden's stimulus bill:
🔻$600 less in stimulus checks
🔻 Checks exclude 12 million ppl who previously recieved them
🔻$300 less in unemployment benefits
🔻does not include an extension on eviction moratorium
Biden is killing the poor, day by day. pic.twitter.com/xt7dFiGdcU
— Mo 🪑🧤 (@MozFrame) March 11, 2021
Proponents of the eviction moratorium argue that if massive amounts of people are booted from their homes and thereby forced into shelters or other close quarters, this will lead to more COVID-19 cases.
The White House is expected, yet not confirmed, to extend the eviction moratorium; however, there is no word on whether or not the extension will come with additional safeguards.
Do you think the White House ought to extend the eviction moratorium past March 31? Let us know what your thoughts are about evictions, the economic crisis, and the eviction moratorium down below in the comments section.