Oct 6, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden administration takes steps to prevent public housing evictions

Picture of a protest and people are holding a box that says "stop evictions save lives"

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday that it will issue a rule that seeks to prevent evictions from public housing for nonpayment of rent.

Driving the news: The Supreme Court in August blocked President Biden's moratorium, allowing for evictions to continue during the coronavirus pandemic.

State of play: The rule, which will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, says that HUD-subsidized public housing cannot evict tenants without providing them a 30-day notice period along with information about available federal emergency rental assistance.

What they're saying: "This rule is a significant step in raising tenant awareness about the availability of funds that can assist them with past due rent and allowing them additional time to access relief that may stave off eviction entirely," HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge said in a statement.

What's next: The rule is set to go into effect 30 days after publication, per AP.

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