Advocates warn of looming eviction crisis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have issued another moratorium on evictions, but advocates say this is only a temporary solution.

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August 6, 2021 - 10:14 AM

Organizers for Rent Zero Kansas gather April 1, 2021, on the south steps of the Statehouse to warn legislators of potential fallout of inadequate housing policy. Despite a new CDC eviction moratorium, advocates are still warning of ongoing evictions and a housing crisis. (NOAH TABORDA/KANSAS REFLECTOR)

TOPEKA — A new eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should cover most Kansas renters, but stakeholders and advocates agree it is only a temporary solution demanding further action.

The moratorium, issued Tuesday, replaces a prior federal ban on evictions that expired Saturday. The new ban will last until Oct.3 and is narrower in scope, targeting counties with substantial or high COVID-19 transmission levels.

Only 11 Kansas counties currently have low or moderate transmission levels — Decatur, Edwards, Elk, Ellsworth, Graham, Greeley, Grove, Hamilton, Osborne, Jewell and Sheridan — and would be ineligible under the new moratorium.

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