IE Voice Staff
As COVID-19 continues to devastate communities across California and too many residents remain one paycheck away from losing their apartments or homes, the state’s leadership acknowledged these families need immediate protection and relief.
In response, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon issued the following joint statement advising the statewide eviction moratorium is being extended through June 30, 2021.
The extension will protect tenants and small landlords from losing their housing as the nation continues to confront the pandemic. In addition, the governor committed to move forward as quickly as possible to deploy California’s share of the latest federal stimulus bill. This action will help ensure up to $2.6 billion in renter aid is administered quickly, equitably and with accountability.
According to the governor, this funding—targeted to the most at-risk households with unpaid back rent—will help tenants stay afloat during and after this pandemic. Income-qualified tenants and their landlords can choose to receive direct rental assistance in exchange for forgiving prior rental debt.
“While we are proud of this agreement, which maintains California’s COVID eviction protections as the strongest statewide rules in the nation, our work is far from over,” Newsom said.
“This eviction moratorium and rapid deployment of funds to the most at-risk are among our top priorities. But we have more work to do, together, to tackle the structural housing cost crisis in California. The pandemic exacerbated these issues, it did not create them. And our work to address these fundamental issues must continue with urgency and resolve.”