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NCRC Applauds CDC Decision to Extend Eviction Moratorium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday that it is extending its national ban on evictions through June 30. The CDC originally set this ban last spring as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic. It was set to expire in just a few days.

Jesse Van Tol, CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), made the following statement:

“This was the right move and essential to keep people safe and in their homes. The pandemic isn’t over, the financial crisis it created for millions of families isn’t over, and evictions now would make the situation much worse.

“We’ve known almost from the beginning that staying home is your best personal defense against infection from the virus. And yet, implementing that required a near-complete shutdown of our economic system, putting millions of Americans out of work and unable to pay for their homes. 

“While great strides were made during late winter to increase our vaccination program, and reduce the spread of COVID, we are not out of the woods yet. People’s ability to pay for necessities is still limited, and likely will be even after we stop social distancing.

“Keeping the moratorium in place will give renters behind on their rent a much-needed reprieve while they await the rental assistance funds included in the most recent stimulus. Going forward, ensuring that the moratorium is implemented consistently across the country and that rental assistance funds are made available for the duration of the crisis must be a top priority.”

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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