8.27.21 Advocacy Alert: SCOTUS Tosses Federal Eviction Moratorium
August 27, 2021
Last night, the Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s latest eviction moratorium. In a 6-3 decision, the Court ruled that Biden and the CDC do not have legal authority to issue the moratorium without a specific act of Congress.
The majority opinion reads: “It is indisputable that the public has a strong interest in combating the spread of the COVID–19 Delta variant. But our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends. … It is up to Congress, not the CDC, to decide whether the public interest merits further action here.”
Earlier this year, the New York State Legislature imposed its own eviction moratorium, which expires August 31.
To alleviate the burden of back rent owed by tenants, the BNP successfully advocated for the inclusion of a rental assistance fund in the American Rescue Plan. However, as of last week, only $156 million of New York’s $2.7 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds were distributed.
The failure of the state to promptly distribute these funds leaves landlords without needed revenue and leaves tenants who should qualify for assistance at risk of eviction. In a welcome letter to Governor Hochul last week, the BNP urged her to make efficient ERAP distribution a top priority of her first 100 days in office.
Tenants and landlords in need of assistance should consider applying for ERAP here.
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli recently released a report assessing the state Department of Labor’s workforce development efforts. The report found significant overlap, duplication, gaps, and fragmentation in state workforce development programs and services. The audit found that New York offers over 500 workforce development programs and services, administered
Without fanfare, the New York State Department of Labor updated its website to announce the relaxation of some NY HERO Act provisions. Employers can now forego enforcing their workplace safety plans.
Governor Kathy Hochul has issued an Executive Order extending New York’s state of emergency declaration for COVID-19. The state of emergency was scheduled to expire today, but Hochul extended the declaration through April 15.
A new report from the Empire Center for Public Policy details how expensive a single payer healthcare system would be in New York. The full report is available here.