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(Washington, D.C.) —The newly announced federal eviction moratorium—replacing the one that expired on July 3rd—will target protections in communities with elevated rates of coronavirus infections and would include a new freeze in place for up to 60 days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would implement the new ban covering about 90 percent of renters in the country. 

 The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

“We applaud the strong leadership of Rep. Cori Bush and grassroots activists who drew attention to the urgent need to extend the eviction moratorium as we face a spike in COVID-19 delta variant cases. It was senseless to kick people out of their homes at the start of the pandemic and senseless to do so now.

“Though the eviction moratorium is welcome news, it is not a cure-all. It is clear that some renters will fall through the cracks of this new order and they remain in peril. It is crucial that state and local governments distribute emergency rental assistance as quickly as possible to prevent mass evictions of our most vulnerable families. 

“Through our National Anti-Eviction Project, the Lawyers’ Committee will continue to work with local organizers and housing groups to ensure that tenants facing eviction have adequate legal representation.”



About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal