March 30, 2021

Warren: Extended CDC Eviction Moratorium is a "Vital Safety Net"

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and Senate Committee on Finance, today released the following statement after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Walensky announced an extension of the CDC eviction moratorium through June 30th, 2021:

"I'm glad the CDC has extended the eviction moratorium, which protects millions of renters who might face eviction and increased risk of COVID-19, and is a vital safety net for families across Massachusetts, especially Black and Latino families," Senator Warren said. "Next, the federal government needs to use all of its tools to enforce this renter protection while Massachusetts authorities promptly distribute the $362 million in emergency rental assistance from the American Rescue Plan to the families who need it most."

Senator Warren has made it a priority to ensure families and individuals have access to stable housing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • In March 2021, Senator Warren helped secure more than $20 billion for emergency rental assistance, including $362 million for Massachusetts.
  • In July 2020, Senator Warren joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in a letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Federal Housing Finance Agency urging the agencies to enforce bans on housing evictions for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • In June 2020, Senator Warren, Congressman Jesús G. "Chuy" García (D-Ill.), and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) introduced the Protecting Renters from Evictions and Fees Act of 2020.
  • At the start of the pandemic, in March 2020, Senators Warren,  Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.), wrote to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) asking for a moratorium on evicting renters during the coronavirus pandemic.