With new legislation, could federal eviction ban make a comeback?US capitol Washington D.C. Credit: Sagittarius Pro via istockphoto
A new congressional bill seeks to resurrect the recently killed federal eviction freeze that many renters saw as their last defense against displacement.
On Tuesday, Congresswoman Cori Bush, a Missouri Democrat, unveiled the Keeping Renters Safe Act of 2021, legislation which, if enacted, would establish a new residential eviction moratorium “to address public health crises.”
Sponsored by progressive members of congress including Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar and New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, and Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, the proposal aims to amend the federal Public Health Services Act to allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to authorize a new eviction moratorium.