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Experts say that Executive Action President Donald Trump has not worried about tenants losing their homes on Saturday, one of the worst public health crises in the history of any additional security.
After negotiating another stimulus package, but all disbanded in Congress last week, Trump issued several executive orders over the weekend over his own relief measures. The action has already been called unconstitutional, and housing experts say that being billed as an eviction moratorium is really just a few recommendations that won’t really do much, if anything, rent in their homes. To keep on
“This is the best,” said Peggy Bailey, vice president of housing policy at the Center for Budget Policies and Priorities. Bailey said the memo instructs federal agencies to “consider” measures to prevent evictions. National Low Income Housing The coalition called the order “an empty shell of Trump’s promise.”
“It creates the impression that something was done when nothing was actually done,” said John Pollak, coordinator of the National Alliance for Civil Rights Advocates.
The president’s press secretary, Kayle McNee, said the president “did what he can within his executive capacity” to prevent residential evictions at a briefing on Monday.
The CARES Act, passed in March, prohibited the eviction of tenants receiving properties and government-aided housing for union-backed housing. The Urban Institute estimated that this provision covers about 30% of the country’s rental units. However, this protection was ended on 24 July.
Even with clear rules that landlords could not, there were violations, Polak said. A survey of 100 legal aid and civil rights lawyers nationwide in late June found that more than 90% of respondents reported illegal evictions in their area.
Pollock said that now, with Trump’s guidance, expulsion is likely. “You need good policy and you need enforcement,” he said.
The statewide ban on eviction has also ended in most states, even as unemployment remains at historic highs and virus cases are on the rise. The situation worsens, given the fact that some 30 million Americans stopped receiving weekly $ 600 federal unemployment checks last month.
By one estimate, some 40 million Americans may be evicted during a public health crisis, four times the amount seen during the Great Recession.
“The United States is facing the most severe housing crisis in history,” said Emily Benfer, a law professor at Wake Forest University.
Advocates worry that tenants will hear about Trump’s order and feel safe from wrongful eviction.
“By relying on unstable legal authority, this executive order only provides false hope, and the risk is increased in confusion and chaos at a time when renters need assurances that they will not be moved out of their homes during an epidemic , ”Said Diane Yentel, CEO. National Low Income Housing Coalition.
Courtney Davis, whose shift at the Waffle House in Macon, Georgia dried up in April, has no such hope. Her only income now is her weekly unemployment benefit of $ 158, which does not cover the rent of her one-bedroom apartment.
“My biggest concern is being homeless,” said 23-year-old Davis, who is seven months pregnant. “I’m ready to go back to work, but the epidemic is not slowing down.”
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