Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Allen Ellison issued this statement about the Supreme Court’s decision to end the eviction moratorium imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
“I implore and urge our members of Congress to immediately pass legislation to reauthorize a moratorium to prevent millions of Americans from being evicted from their homes. The Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday evening ending the CDC’s temporary order is not only flawed but unreasonably cruel as the pandemic has worsened in some areas of the country. The court’s conservative members allowing these evictions to resume is essentially condemning many Americans to homelessness and potential exposure to Covid-19.
“On Thursday, Florida reported 901 additional deaths, bringing the total number of Covid-19 deaths to 43,632. We have more than 21,000 new cases per day on average and a hospitalization rate that is among the highest in the U.S. This reality makes the high court’s ruling even more alarming.
“Hundreds of thousands of Floridians are at risk for being evicted immediately and have a much higher risk of contracting the Delta variant. This, in turn, will tax an already overburdened hospital system, made even worse by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ anti-mask mandate and indifference to the pandemic.
“I urge tenants and landlords to work together to apply for emergency rental assistance through the state and their county governments and other organizations at www.ourflorida.com. I urge all lawmakers to redouble their efforts to help their constituents avoid eviction and promote protective measures to fight the coronavirus.