Federal moratorium expires, many vulnerable to deportation
The federal moratorium in place for nearly eleven months expired over the weekend, leaving Americans vulnerable to deportation.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium expired on July 31, now allowing homeowners to evict people who have not paid their bills. Eviction notices began to be given just hours after expiration.
“I think the moratorium was necessary when it started, but now I think we are past that stage and I think the expiry of the moratorium is timely,”
City of Lubbock County 1, Justice of the Peace Jim Hansen
About $ 47 billion in federal housing assistance to states during the pandemic was not paid to tenants who owe money or homeowners who owe money.
Here is some information on how evictions are handled in Lubbock County.
“The most important information for owners and tenants to know is that there is money available”
EverythingLubbock points to a program that could help people in Lubbock if they have financial problems. The Texas Eviction Diversion Program is said to be an under-utilized tool that provides more than a year of rental and utility assistance to people behind on rent at risk of eviction due to COVID-19. If you are interested, click here.
“The landlord gets his money, the tenant can stay and it’s a win-win for everyone involved … As long as we still have money available for those who need it, I think the company and the government have gone out of their way to help those living in need … I don’t think it is necessary to force residents to live rent free.
It seems unlikely that an extension of the moratorium will occur.