National eviction ban may help thousands of Mainers – for now

Last week, as part of an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Trump administration put a halt on certain residential evictions through the end of the year.

Lynnea Hawkins, who is not a fan of the president, welcomed the moratorium. She said when she heard news of it, she wanted to cheer. 

“I have friends in Alabama and Louisiana, states where a landlord can evict someone in 24 hours instead of 30 days like here in Maine,” said Hawkins, a community organizer in Lewiston who also serves on that city’s School Committee. “They are both living through several shades of hell right now after having been evicted.”

Tenant advocates say the moratorium may help thousands of struggling Mainers remain sheltered through the end of the year. Still, advocates for both tenants and landlords say it’s merely a stopgap measure, and that another congressional financial relief package is needed to fully address the looming threat of mass homelessness.

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