Sept. 2, 2020


COHHIO Statement on the CDC’s Eviction Moratorium

Bill Faith, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, issued the following statement on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s order temporarily halting evictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

“While it’s nice to see the CDC acknowledge the fact that growing housing insecurity runs counter to efforts to stop the spread, this order is problematic.

Not only is the eviction moratorium overly complex and likely to get bogged down in court, but it does nothing to address the fact that millions of unemployed Americans will keep falling deeper into debt as the amount of back rent they owe grows each month.

Eviction moratoriums have the potential to destabilize the housing market because property owners depend on rent to pay their mortgages, employees, taxes and other costs. Ultimately, the CDC’s action may only delay mass evictions once the moratorium expires.

The only real solution for so many Ohioans facing the prospects of eviction and homelessness during this pandemic is for Gov. DeWine and Congress to do what we’ve been asking for months – provide emergency rental assistance immediately.

The CDC order is certainly not the ideal way to proceed, but in the absence of any leadership from the governor and the U.S. Senate, it may be the only kind of relief available for tenants who are on the brink of eviction.”