Supreme Court allows evictions to resume during pandemic, help available to Oklahomans

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WASHINGTON (AP/KFOR) – The Supreme Court’s conservative majority is allowing evictions to resume across the United States, blocking the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Roughly 3.5 million people in the United States said they faced eviction in the next two months, according to Census Bureau data from early August.

The court said in an unsigned opinion Thursday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reimposed the moratorium Aug. 3, lacked the authority to do so under federal law without explicit congressional authorization. The justices rejected the administration’s arguments in support of the CDC’s authority. The three liberal justices dissented.

It was the second high court loss for the administration this week at the hands of the court’s conservative majority. On Tuesday, the court effectively allowed the reinstatement of a Trump-era policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their hearings. The new administration had tried to end the Remain in Mexico program, as it is informally known.

Although the moratorium expansion has been overturned, there is still help for Oklahomans, both for rent and utility payments.

Community CARES Partners has provided aid to people in all 77 Oklahoma counties, and they still have more work todo.

CCP can pay up to 15 months of rent per household, both in past due payments and upcoming charges. You can apply for the financial assistance on the CCP website.

Renters having trouble paying their rent and utilities or landlords in need of assistance with tenants can utilize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new online tool, consumerfinance.gov/renthelp. It allows renters and landlords to find information on rental assistance in their area.

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