FILE – In this October 14, 2020 file photo, housing activists erect a sign in Swampscott, Massachusetts. A federal freeze on most evictions is expected to expire soon. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool allowing millions of tenants to stay in their homes. (AP Photo / Michael Dwyer, file)

A federal freeze on most evictions passed last year is expected to expire on July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by one month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool allowing millions of tenants to stay in their homes. Many of them lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic and were months behind on their rent.

The owners successfully challenged the order in court, arguing that they also had bills to pay. They pointed out that tenants could access more than $ 45 billion in federal funds set aside to help pay rent and related expenses.

Tenant advocates say the cash flow has been slow and it takes longer to distribute it and reimburse landlords. Without an extension, they feared an upsurge in evictions and lawsuits aimed at evicting tenants from their rents.

As of June 7, about 3.2 million people in the United States said they were at risk of deportation within the next two months, according to the US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. The survey measures the social and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic every two weeks using online responses from a representative sample of American households.

Here is the situation in Idaho:

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF STATE DELETION MORATORIES?

The only moratorium in Idaho is one issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the chances of homeless people spreading the coronavirus. It ends on July 31.

WHAT IS BEING DONE TO HELP PEOPLE TARGETING EVICTIONS?

The state received $ 15 million in CARES law money last year, which was used until January 18 to help people who couldn’t pay rent due to the coronavirus pandemic. The state received an additional $ 175 million in federal coronavirus relief money to continue the program through September 30, 2022. The Idaho Housing and Finance Association distributed the money except in the heavily populated county of ‘Ada, in southwestern Idaho. Association officials said the initial $ 15 million had been spent as well as $ 6 million of the $ 175 million. Housing authorities in the city of Boise / Ada distributed federal relief funds they received in the city and county.

HOW DO THE COURTS HANDLE EXVICTION HEARINGS?

The courts closed for about a month in the spring of 2020, but have met virtually since then. Ali Rabe of Jesse Tree of Idaho, who works to prevent homelessness in the southwest of the state, said it made it difficult for some people at risk of deportation who do not have internet access or do not know how to participate online. . She said the tenants got a default judgment against them for not showing up to a court hearing.

Documentation required from tenants to meet back-up program requirements has been difficult for some eligible tenants, preventing them from qualifying, Rabe said.

WHAT IS AFFORDABILITY IN THE MAJOR STATE RENTAL MARKETS?

Idaho is one of the fastest growing states, and house prices are skyrocketing in urban areas. It also drives up the price of rental housing. The National Low Income Housing Coalition said there was a shortage of affordable rental housing available for low-income households in Idaho. It indicates that the annual household income required to rent a two-bedroom house is $ 34,500.

SHOULD EVICTIONS CREATE AN INCREASE IN HOMELESSNESS?

Officials said they expect more people to become homeless once the moratorium ends. “We think the moratorium deters some homeowners from seeking eviction, but not all,” said Rabe, who is also a Democratic state senator. “But we anticipate that these owners will take the opportunity to file a complaint when the moratorium is lifted.”

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