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The risk of eviction, a threat to 3.8 million American families

Millions of americans are at risk of eviction After the expiration, on Saturday, of the moratorium launched 11 months ago by the coronavirus pandemic, while the Delta variant rages and the economy runs only for a few.

For Joe Biden it is a true emergency on which, however, his hands are tied: in fact, the Supreme Court ruled in recent months that any extension of the cessation of evictions would have to go through Congress. The House of Representatives, led by Nancy Pelosi, tried, in a race against time, to pass a law, but was unsuccessful in the face of the tough Republican stance.

On the horizon now a new crisis is looming that even affects the Democratic Party, since the Liberals point to the White House for having invested them with responsibility on Thursday, 48 hours before the moratorium expired and on the eve of the summer holidays.

The government rejected the accusations and, after Congress, called on US states to act on Sunday. “Every state and local government must use the funds received” within the framework of the Covid-19 aid “to prevent any possible eviction,” Biden said in dialogue with the press, aware that a very small part of the resources provided by the federal government went to tenants in difficulties.

In fact, of the 47,000 million dollars made available by Washington to the states under the Emergency Rental Assistance program, only 3,000 million were disbursed.

Problems

It is, therefore, an insignificant figure that highlights the problems of an initiative that struggled to take off from the beginning, amid very strict parameters of access to aid and lack of clarity.

Last December, six months after the aid plan had been sanctioned by former President Donald Trump, only 12% of the first 25 billion willing had reached out to struggling Americans.

Now, more than three months since Biden approved another 21,500 million dollars for the program, even less was spent.

According to Treasury data, only 36 of the more than 400 cities, counties and states that received the funds were able to spend half of the amount raised in June. On the other hand, there are 49 who did not spend a penny.

According to Census Bureau estimates, there are 11 million americans adults who are late in paying rent but cannot be quantified, so they run the risk of being evicted in the short term. Other censuses estimate that 3.8 million families are at risk of losing their homes immediately or within weeks.

For the government it is an imminent crisis that may put the president’s economic agenda in the background, which sees the $ 1 billion infrastructure plan currently under discussion in the Senate as one of the main elements.

The fear of the White House is that the expiration of the moratorium provoke social tensions In fact, Covid-19 continues to circulate with the highly contagious Delta variant and the danger is the overcrowding of public reception centers, where maintaining social distancing is more difficult.

Not to mention the risk of an eventual increase in violence in a country where the current (boreal) summer is already proving to be bloody.

ANSA Agency

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