An extension to Sept. 30 of foreclosure-related eviction moratoria was announced late last week by four federal agencies which administer programs of providing and insuring affordable rental housing, just one day before the expiration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction moratorium.
In the joint announcement released late Friday, the Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) said they were extending the moratoria at the request of the Biden administration. The eviction ban was scheduled to end July 31.
The four agencies said since their more than 20 combined programs provide “owners and operators of rental housing with significant support to provide housing to renters,” those owners and operators should “make every effort to access Emergency Rental Assistance resources to avoid evicting a tenant for non-payment of rent.
“These resources are available in every state, and many counties and cities are also running local programs,” the agencies stated. “Owners and operators of federally-assisted housing are stewards of important public resources and should access rental assistance both to prevent unnecessary human suffering and to protect the public investment in affordable housing.”