Among the many executive orders signed by President Joe Biden on his first day in office was one ordering the CDC to extend their eviction moratorium though March 31, 2021. The following statement was issued by the new CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky on the matter:
Media Statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, on Extending the Eviction Moratorium
As a protective public health measure, I will extend the current order temporarily halting residential evictions until at least March 31, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to our nation’s health. It has also triggered a housing affordability crisis that disproportionately affects some communities.
Despite extensive mitigation efforts, COVID-19 continues to spread in America at a concerning pace. We must act to get cases down and keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings — like shelters — where COVID-19 can take an even stronger foothold.