US Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, US Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen and US Department of Justice Attorney General Merrick B. Garland sent a letter last week to state leaders and local governments. concerning the moratorium on evictions.
The letter urged heads of government to:
– Adopt moratoriums on evictions at national and local level during the remainder of the public health emergency.
– Work with state and local courts to force owners to apply for an ERAP before starting eviction proceedings
– Suspension of the eviction procedure while a request for an ERAP is pending.
– Use ERAP and the American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to support the right to legal assistance and eviction hijacking strategies.
– Help tenants navigate the ERAP application process.
“We applaud the efforts of the state and local governments who have already taken these and other measures to prevent unnecessary evictions, as we know many of you have done,” the letter said. “However, we also know that more needs to be done and that effective and comprehensive policies to prevent unnecessary evictions have never been more urgent. We are ready to work with and support you in any way we can to protect tenants and landlords and make programs like ERA as effective as possible.
“Thank you for all you do and will continue to do to keep Americans at home,” the letter continued. “We will continue to engage with you over the coming days and weeks as we rise to this challenge, and we appreciate your contribution as we work together to prevent unnecessary evictions and help households in need achieve safe side of this pandemic. ”