The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially moved the ban on foreclosures and evictions to March 31. However, further extensions could be considered by lawmakers in a new pandemic stimulus bill being negotiated by Pres. Biden and Congress.
WASHINGTON – Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) signed an extension to the order banning foreclosures and evictions. The ban has now been extended to March 31, 2021. Before extensions, the original order expired on Dec. 31, 2020.
Pres. Joe Biden pushed the CDC to extend the deadline, but further changes could be made. The president and Congress are currently negotiating another pandemic-stimulus bill that could give a new eviction/foreclosure ban the rule of law. However, it’s unclear what will end up in the final agreement.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to our nation’s health,” Walensky said in a CDC release announcing the ban extension. “Despite extensive mitigation efforts, COVID-19 continues to spread in America at a concerning pace. The pandemic has also exacerbated underlying issues of housing insecurity for many Americans. Keeping people in their homes and out of congregate settings – like shelters – is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
CDC says it “remains committed and will continue to explore and use all of the tools at our disposal to protect the health and well-being of Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
A copy of the latest CDC order is posted online.
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