NMHC president on the CDC eviction moratorium extension

Group believes extension is a step back from recovery

NMHC president on the CDC eviction moratorium extension

National Multifamily Housing Council president Doug Bibby stands by his word that the eviction moratorium – which has been extended for another month – is no longer necessary. 

“The continuation of a nationwide, one-size-fits-all, federal eviction moratorium is out of step with the significant progress made in controlling COVID-19 and restoring the economy,” Bibby said in a statement in response to the extension. “Instead of this blanket federal policy, this pandemic has already shown that targeted, efficient relief works.”

But Bibby remains hopeful as the White House confirms that this will be the last time it extends the eviction ban. He also acknowledged the series of actions the government is going to take to expedite the distribution of the $46 billion in emergency rental assistance (ERAP) appropriated by Congress to residents and housing providers.

“Following suit with a recent NMHC industry principles effort, the extension announcement has been paired with a number of eviction mitigation measures intended to keep renters stably housed,” he said. “NMHC looks forward to working with policymakers to implement workable solutions for both renters and housing providers.”

NMHC offered assurances that it will remain committed to advocating for the timely disbursement of the $46 billion ERAP.

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“Importantly, we will work to ensure eviction mitigation efforts are practical and economically viable while making certain that rental assistance funds remain focused on direct payments to those in need. And although this transition away from unstainable moratoriums is a step in the right direction in terms of ensuring the long-term health of the apartment industry and our renters, NMHC’s advocacy work is not yet done,” Bibby said.