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Supreme Court scraps eviction moratorium

A demonstration in support of the eviction moratorium in New York on Aug. 4 Associated Press/Photo by Brittainy Newman

Supreme Court scraps eviction moratorium

SCOTUS ruled Thursday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acted unlawfully by rolling out the eviction ban in August. The court majority’s opinion said Congress must authorize any federally imposed eviction pause. The three liberal justices who dissented to the ruling cited the rise in COVID-19 cases and the delta variant.

Why did the CDC act on the moratorium? The CDC issued the two-month order after the earlier pause ended on July 31. The Supreme Court allowed that earlier decision to stand, but Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who cast the deciding vote, said any further extension would require action from Congress. White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the decision a disappointment, saying, “As a result of this ruling, families will face the painful impact of evictions, and communities across the country will face greater risk of exposure.”

Dig deeper: Read Charissa Koh’s report in Compassion on the long-term consequences of eviction moratoriums.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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Rebuttal: The Sermon on the Mount and most every minor and major prophet. Oh, and the Gospel. And Jesus. The book of James. The Christian narrative. I could go on.

Tom Hanrahan

It seems the Court basically said that the CDC (Executive Branch) does not have the constitutional authority to do what it tried to do; that it must be legislated by Congress. As the Court is not entrusted with basing rulings on feelings and heartstrings, this appears to be a case of the Court doing its job. Hurrah.

Big Jim

Landlords are people too.