Earlier in testimony before the House Coronavirus Subcommittee on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Menuchin said the action would affect 40 million renters. The first eviction ban passed by Congress in March, as part of a larger economic rescue package, was applied to the Federally Financial Rental Units and protected a quarter of the nation’s tenants.
Housing advocates reiterated their call for rental aid payments to keep the news in their homes and avoid massive payment of large rents in the future.
“At least what the federal government should do is assure each of us that we won’t lose our homes in the midst of a global epidemic,” said Diane Yentel, CEO and President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a frequent critic of the administration . “The administration’s action will do so and provide relief for millions of anxious families from the increasing threat of eviction.”
A ban without assistance, Yentel said, is a “half-measure that expands a financial cliff for renters when the moratorium ends and the rent back is owed.” He called on Congress and the White House to renew negotiations on a relief package.
He said that the Mnuchin support rental assistance, he told MPs: “Our first choice is bipartisan legislation that allocates specific rental assistance to people hardest hit,” he said.
Negotiations between the White House and Congress over the new economic relief law broke down last month.
Trump’s August 8 executive action was criticized because it did not extend the four-month expulsion moratorium. Instead, the order required the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC to “consider whether any measures are temporarily preventing residential evictions” to prevent the spread of Kovid-19.