The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended a nationwide ban on evictions for nonpayment of rent amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The moratorium on evictions was scheduled to expire this week, leaving thousands of North Carolinians afraid for what was about to come. As a safety net for many people throughout the pandemic, the President’s executive order has kept people off the streets, but sadly, that could change without a series of changes.
According to data from the office of housing and development, as of last month, there were over 3,400 people in the Charlotte metro area alone dealing with homelessness.
And the pandemic isn’t solely responsible either. A lack of affordable housing options due to a number of zoning mishaps have forced people out. Charlotte’s problems have been in the national spotlight after tearing down the tent cities along the I-77 corridor after a massive rat infestation on the streets.
While government programs like section 8 housing could help people get back on their feet, over 6,000 Charlotte households are already enrolled with a waiting list growing by the day.
Under the current extension, the moratorium, which was first announced under the Trump administration in September, will now last until June 30.