The moratorium on evictions, an important deadline for those fighting to keep a roof over their heads during their pandemic, is now extended.
There are two moratoriums right now, one on a federal level and another on the state level. The state-level moratorium is still set to expire on Dec. 31. The Governor’s Office was not available for comment on an extension.
The federal eviction moratorium, which is part of the COVID-19 relief package, just passed and is now extended to Jan. 31
Jeremy White with the Virginia Legal Aid Society said the extension is necessary to ensure people have a roof over their heads as they work to get back on their feet.
“It’s really important for keeping people in their homes, keeping people safe, and also, getting the dollars that landlords are owed,” White said.
In the $900 billion COVID relief package Congress just passed, $25 billion will go toward rent relief. White estimates a couple hundred million dollars will come to Virginia.
To apply for rent assistance, tenants can dial 211 or go to DHCD.com. To reach VLAS, call 866-534-5243.
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