Mar 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

CDC extends evictions ban through end of June

A protestor holding signs calling for a halt to evictions.

An activist protests evictions in September 2020. Photo: Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended its nationwide ban on evictions through the end of June, the agency confirmed in a statement Monday.

Why it matters: The order comes as the current ban on evictions was set to expire in two days. The moratorium is a public health measure aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 by keeping people out of crowded settings like homeless shelters and allowing people who may be ill to self-isolate, the CDC notes.

The big picture: The coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying economic slump has exacerbated housing issues and racial disparities in America, and drawn fears of mass evictions.

  • About 1 in 5 renters couldn't pay last month’s rent, with the rate being even higher among Black renters, per CNBC.
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