Statement from Reps. Gomez, Pressley, and Bush on Extension of Federal Eviction Moratorium

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) issued the following statement today on the decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to extend the federal eviction moratorium through July 31. Earlier this week, the lawmakers led over 40 of their colleagues on a letter urging President Biden and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky to extend and strengthen the moratorium beyond June 30, 2021.

“An eviction is a disruptive life event and entirely preventable. With millions of vulnerable renters at risk of eviction, we must take every measure possible to keep our workers and families safely housed. Today’s decision to extend the federal eviction moratorium through July 31st is a welcome step that will provide an essential lifeline to the millions of people and families who were facing eviction in six days. We are grateful to the Biden administration for heeding our calls.”

“We know that it will take more than 30 days for families to recoup the financial losses of the ongoing pandemic and for the emergency rental assistance provided in the American Rescue Plan to be disseminated. We will continue to work with advocates, families, and the Biden administration to further extend and strengthen the moratorium to prevent widespread evictions of our most vulnerable families across the nation. This is a matter of public health, racial and economic justice, and we must act accordingly."

In January 2021, Reps. Gomez and Pressley led a letter to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris urging them to use executive action to extend and strengthen the national eviction moratorium for the duration of the pandemic.

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