The U.S. Supreme Court may soon be asked to lift the nationwide eviction freeze imposed by public health officials, which has so far shielded tens of thousands of families facing financial hardships from the economic devastation caused by the pandemic.
About 10.7 million adults living in rental housing were behind on rent, according a Center on Budget & Policy Priorities’ report; and renters owed about $57 billion in back rent in January, said a report by Moody’s Analytics. The eviction ban by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is set to expire June 30 and has drawn multiple legal challenges.
U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich in Washington, D.C., had earlier this month ruled in favor of landlords and blocked the ban. But the judge also stayed the ruling while the Justice Department appealed, meaning the eviction ban will stay until the ruling could be reviewed by a higher court.
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