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Eviction ban to expire Saturday

An anti-eviction protest in Boston Associated Press/Photo by Elise Amendola

Eviction ban to expire Saturday

Multiple federal courts have ruled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overstepped its authority when it placed a moratorium on evictions last year. The White House said Thursday that President Joe Biden would like to extend the moratorium due to the spread of the delta variant, but the Supreme Court has tied his hands. In a 5-4 decision last month, the court signaled it would not allow any further extensions after the end of this month without an act of Congress.

Why did the CDC institute the ban? It reasoned that many evicted renters would be forced to move in with others or turn to shelters. So the agency said it had the legal power to impose the moratorium to help maintain social distancing during the pandemic.

Dig deeper: Read Charissa Koh’s report in Compassion about how the eviction ban could contribute to a long-term housing crisis.

Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.


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