The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken a key step toward extending an order aimed at preventing evictions during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The CDC order is currently set to expire in less than 2 weeks.
Housing advocates have warned for months that allowing this protection for renters to lapse would spark a tsunami of evictions, putting upward of 1 million people out of their homes.
The CDC has now sent a proposal to the Office of Management and Budget for regulatory review. The CDC hasn’t responded to a request for comment. And the listing on the OMB site doesn’t indicate how long the CDC might extend the eviction order for. The move doesn’t mean absolutely that the the agency will extend the order. But that now appears likely.