End of CDC eviction moratorium hits refugee communities hard

Posted at 9:41 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 23:49:50-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — With thousands of Tennesseans struggling to pay rent in this pandemic, a critical Centers for Disease Control emergency order putting a stop to evictions is about to expire.

But the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) says they're being hit particularly hard with the deadline. The CDC ban on eviction is set to expire at the end of the month.

While Tennessee and Nashville both have resources and nonprofit access that can help people who need rental assistance, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition says the communities they support don’t always get access to that help.

"A lot of the COVID relief packages have excluded undocumented families, and other resources people haven’t been able to access because of their immigration status," said Judith Clerjeune with TIRRC.

The group says immigrants and refugees are most at risk for getting kicked out of a home or apartment, because their jobs are already more likely to be eliminated.

"Immigrants and refugees often have jobs where those jobs are cut," Clerjeune said. "Then that puts them at a higher risk for financial insecurity."

It’s a story that the group says they’ve been hearing day after day, especially as the eviction moratorium comes closer to an end.

TIRRC says if you need help, they have resources available on their website.