February 2021 Newsletter
February 1, 2021
On January 29th, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order extending the eviction moratorium to March 31st, 2021. This order continues to ban evictions for certain renters under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act. As described in the order, tenants qualifying as a “Covered Person” cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent when a declaration under the penalty of perjury is provided to their landlord. Residents who previously submitted a declaration would not be asked to resubmit and would have continued protection until March 31st2021.
The order is a temporary eviction moratorium to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and does not relieve tenants’ obligation to pay rent, and therefore, tenants must continue to comply with the terms and conditions of their lease including paying rent when due. Nothing in the updated order precludes the Housing Authority from charging or collecting fees, penalties, or interest as a result of the tenant’s inability to pay rent on a timely basis. Evictions unrelated to nonpayment of rent can still take place, and once the moratorium ends, tenants will be evicted for nonpayment of rent. Therefore, we encourage all tenants to continue to pay their rent on time in order to prevent eviction once the order expires.
As we continue to navigate the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus, MHA will continue to ensure the safety and well-being of all its residents, Section 8 voucher program participants, and staff. We encourage everyone to continue to do their part in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 by being a good neighbor and adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)recommendations including but not limited to social distancing and wearing a mask where appropriate.
Remember we are in this together, and together we can prevent the spread. We have an obligation to do our very best and will continue to respond with changes needed to support our resident and Section program participants during this very challenging time. If you have concerns with regard to your tenancy, please first discuss the issue with the respective department and/or manager. If after that you are still not satisfied, then by all means come see me. My door is always open and I appreciate your thoughts and opinions on issues that matter most to you.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at 309-277-0283 or email me at email@example.com or stop by at any time to see me. Thank you for your support, cooperation, and understanding as we continue to adapt to change to keep you and our communities safe. And finally, for your loyalty in working together –then, now and in the future to help meet your housing and related needs.
Thank you for choosing the Moline Housing Authority as your housing provider. We are here to serve and provide housing and opportunities. Keep safe and keep well.
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