Despite the Moratorium Extension, Cleveland Society Prepares to Offer Legal Assistance

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many people are still without jobs or are making less money than before. This in turn is causing people to not be able to pay rent and possibly face eviction.

Nearly two weeks before a moratorium on evictions was set to expire, President Joe Biden signed an executive order for it to be extended until March 31.

"This moratorium basically gives the protection to tenants who have been impacted by COVID, and by a reduction in their financial situation, to be able to stay in place and not have to be displaced, potentially homeless or doubling up with another household," said Abigail Staudt, managing attorney at the housing group at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

Rochelle Walensky, director for the CDC, agreed to extend the moratorium which is designed to temporarily stop the evictions of tenants due to an inability to pay rent because of the pandemic.

However, Staudt said it's important for people to know that there are still evictions taking place.

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