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CDC Announces Order Halting Residential Evictions

9/3/2020
Contact: City Communications |

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an order to stop residential evictions to halt the spread of COVID-19. The order is currently scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on September 4. A pre-publication notice can be found here. The moratorium becomes effective on publication and will last until December 31, 2020, unless extended.

The order institutes a temporary eviction moratorium. It states that a “landlord . . . shall not evict any covered person from any residential property in any State or U.S. territory” in which there are COVID-19 cases.

“It was estimated that nearly 20% of all renters would be facing eviction due to COVID-19 which could be catastrophic to our community,” says Sally Stang, Housing & Community Services department director. “We must concentrate on connecting eligible renters with emergency rent assistance to help stabilize not only tenants but also landlords.”

Tenants who are unable to pay rent or utilities in full should reach out to the Center of Hope, Salvation Army, and/or the City’s Emergency Assistance program.

Additionally, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waitlist is open and accepting applications for residents seeking government assistance for rent or housing. The program provides rent assistance to income eligible families in order to make housing affordable.

The Wichita Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program service area includes all of Sedgwick and Butler counties and Harvey County outside of the city of Newton. Applications are available at: https://wichita.apply4housing.com. The Public Housing waitlist is currently closed at this time.

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