CDC Moratorium on Residential Evictions Extended to July 31; Renters, Landlords Urged to Access Assistance Now to Prevent Evictions
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
June 25, 2021--The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moratorium on residential evictions has been extended to July 31, and the City of Alexandria urges renters and landlords to act now to prevent evictions by accessing rent relief assistance, affordable housing options, and resources to help meet basic needs.
This is the final extension of the moratorium, which temporarily halts evictions of covered persons for nonpayment of rent payments.
The Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP) provides rent relief to both renters and landlords:
- RRP provides eligible renters with assistance to cover rent payments past due beginning April 1, 2020. Renters can determine eligibility and submit applications online, or call 703.962.1884 for more information. View or download a flyer for renters in English and Spanish
- Landlords can apply on behalf of tenants to receive financial assistance for past-due and current rental payments. Landlords can determine eligibility and submit applications online, email email@example.com or call the City of Alexandria Office of Housing at 703.746.4990. View or download a flyer for landlords in English and Spanish.
The DCHS Office of Community Services (OCS) also provides rental assistance to eligible, low-income households facing a housing crisis or homelessness. Residents can call the DCHS Customer Call Center at 703.746.5700 or text 703.346.5599 to find out if they are eligible.
Renters can also access a number of other supports and resources, including:
- A regularly updated list of affordable rental units, complaint mediation between tenants and landlords, and counseling services for persons seeking affordable rental and accessible housing or seeking to relocate in the area
- Resources to meet basic needs, such as food assistance, employment, utility assistance and healthcare
The Office of Housing also offers additional support to landlords, including an Eviction Prevention and Housing Stability Toolkit, Fair Housing Law Training, and landlord-tenant mediation services. Visit alexandriava.gov/Housing for more information, or call 703.746.4990.
Renters who have received an eviction notice should immediately call DCHS at 703.746.5700, text DCHS at 703.346.5599 or call the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 for assistance.
This article is a slightly edited version of a DCHS news release.