Dear Colleague on Supreme Court Ruling on Eviction Moratorium

August 27, 2021
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Last night, in a ruling that is arbitrary and cruel, the Supreme Court ripped away the relief provided by President Biden and Congressional Democrats protecting families from the horror of eviction.  The Court’s decision to block the new CDC eviction moratorium is immoral, putting families at risk of being put on the streets, and it is a serious public health threat, as the delta variant continues.

Preventing mass evictions is a priority that unites Democrats, and I remain proud of the work that our House Democratic Caucus has done to provide relief for families and landlords, including working with the Biden Administration to secure the new moratorium and allocating the $46.5 billion in emergency rental assistance initiated by Chairwoman Maxine Waters.  We will continue to work with the Biden Administration and with our communities to urge a halt to evictions and to ensure the immediate disbursement by states and localities of the rental assistance.

To that end, on Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury Department issued revised guidance to state and local grantees to further expedite the flow funds to those in need.  These include permitting grantees to rely on self-attestation for assessing household eligibility, allowing advance payments on expected assistance, additional payments to landlords that house evicted tenants or the homeless, assistance for arrears at a previous residence and others.  Time is of the essence.  The law requires Treasury to reallocate unobligated funds by September 30, 2021 to states and localities that have obligated at least 65 percent of their allocation, provided those jurisdictions demonstrate additional need.

At the same time, the House is assessing possible legislative remedies.  House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters is examining the most effective way to expedite the flow of funding of rental assistance by states and localities.  Families must be protected during the pandemic, and we will explore every possible solution.

As we all agree, eviction is a horror that no family should ever have to experience: cribs and personal belongings on the street, children in fear and distress and parents struggling to find basic shelter.  As we work to prevent this crisis, I again salute our House Democratic Caucus for the relentless and values-based leadership that Members continue to bring to this fight.

Updates will be ongoing.