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Reps. Adams and Clay Lead Effort to Protect Renters, Urge CDC to Extend Duration of Agency Order on Evictions

Nov 10, 2020
Press Release

 

Reps. Adams and Clay Lead Effort to Protect Renters, Urge CDC to Extend Duration of Agency Order on Evictions 

 

Washington, D.C. (November 10, 2020) - Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. (NC-12), Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01), Chair of the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance, and 30 of their colleagues in the U.S. House, are calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC to extend its temporary halt on some residential evictions during COVID-19. 

 

On September 4, 2020, the CDC issued a temporary halt on residential evictions for the nonpayment of rent through December 31, 2020. However, on October 9, 2020, the Trump Administration updated the CDC’s guidance to allow landlords to challenge tenant declarations and initiate the eviction process, undermining the agency’s original order and creating new burdens for renters seeking protection.

 

“While significant rental assistance is desperately needed to prevent a long-term housing crisis, extending the CDC’s halt on residential evictions during COVID-19 and rescinding the updated guidance would provide urgently needed relief,” said Congresswoman Adams. “With cases increasing across the country, it is critical that the CDC take every possible step to protect vulnerable renters from the related threats of homelessness and COVID-19.”

 

“It is critical that CDC put a hold on evictions wherever possible until President-elect Biden and his team have an opportunity to put their housing emergency plans in place,” said Congressman Clay. 

 

Reps. Alma Adams, Wm. Lacy Clay, and their colleagues are urging CDC Director Robert Redfield and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to:

 

  • Repeal the October 9th guidance that makes it easier for landlords to file evictions against their tenants; 
  • Provide new, enforced guidance that provides instruction on how violators can be held accountable; 
  • Extend the temporary halt on some residential evictions for 90 days, until March 31, 2021.

 

 

Congresswoman Alma Adams represents North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District (Charlotte) and serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture. Additionally, she serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Education & Labor Committee, where she serves as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In 2015, she founded the first bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus in Congress.

 

 

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