Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extended an order Friday halting evictions for some people through March 31.
The CDC said that the pandemic has worsened housing insecurity for many Americans, and evictions of tenants who cannot make rent or housing payments could hinder efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19.
“Keeping people in their homes and out of congregate settings — like shelters — is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19,” the CDC stated.
More context: The order, originally issued in September, was previously set to expire on Jan. 31.
It covers people who earn $99,000 or less a year and cannot make payment because of a loss of income or extraordinary medical costs. Tenants must prove they have exhausted efforts to get government assistance to pay rent, are making some effort to provide payment, and will be forced to move to congregate living settings or left homeless by eviction.