The order will “mislead tenants into believing that they are protected when they are not,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, in a statement.
“This executive order is ruthless and harmful, offers false hope and risks increasing confusion and chaos at a time when renters need the reassurance that they will not be kicked out of their homes during a pandemic,” she added.
The four-month moratorium on the CARES Act ended on July 25, and most states are suspending their own temporary protections. At the same time, the federal increase in unemployment benefits ̵
The expiration of these benefits means that, according to an analysis by the Aspen Institute, between 19 and 23 million people – roughly one in five tenants in the US – will be at risk of eviction by the end of next month. The negotiations to renew both measures as part of the next aid package were broken off at the end of last week.
Trump, who was asked about the prospect of mass evictions at his press conference on Tuesday, said: “We are not going to let that happen.”
“We’re stopping evictions,” he added, referring to the executive order.
In an interview with housing lawyers on Monday, Waters called for the urgent “adoption of a statutory extension of the eviction moratorium and the creation of an emergency rental fund”.
The House has passed two bills to provide tenants with $ 100 billion to pay their rent, but the Senate hasn’t changed either piece of legislation.
Saturday’s order gives advice on rent support without specifying an amount or where Treasury and HUD should get the money from.
HUD declined twice to provide details of what the agency is doing differently based on the order. Treasury said it had no comment.
“We are in close contact with the White House and other federal agencies regarding the executive order and its implementation,” said HUD spokesman Brad Bishop on Tuesday. “We will provide additional information as these discussions continue.”
The White House, meanwhile, insists that the new order prevent people from losing their homes.
“There will be no evictions,” said economic advisor Larry Kudlow in an interview with CNN on Sunday.
When the CNN anchor urged whether the order actually stops evictions, as some struggling tenants believe, Kudlow said it will provide a “mechanism” to do so.
“We’re setting up a process, a mechanism, OK? I can’t quite predict the future, ”he said.