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President Donald Trump has blocked all evictions through the end of the year. Trump’s executive order gives the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) leeway to stop evictions by labeling evictions a health risk.
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The order helps people who fell behind on their rent because their income was impacted by the coronavirus.
Any landlord who violates the order will face stiff fines at a minimum of $100,000.
Under the executive order, the CDC can use its power as the country's health authority to block all evictions from taking place because of the risk of newly homeless people spreading the virus.
"I want to make it unmistakably clear that I'm protecting people from evictions," Trump said in a statement on Tuesday.
Trump took action after House Democrats and the White House failed to deliver a new stimulus package.
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The order left landlords and home builders angry and threatening to file federal lawsuits as soon as the moratorium takes effect.
Many landlords have already begun filing evictions around the country.
White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern told reporters on Tuesday that the president's executive order signed Tuesday will help millions of Americans stay in their homes.
"Today's announcement means that people struggling to pay rent due to the coronavirus will not have to worry about being evicted and risk further spreading, spreading of, or exposure to the disease due to economic hardship," he said. "The administration has also made funds available to alleviate any economic impact to tenants, landlords, and property owners."
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Black Twitter is outraged over a misinterpretation of a tweet by President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
First the misinterpretation: "Trump said 'suburban housewives will vote for me to protect black democrats from putting housing nearby."
What Trump really tweeted:
"The 'suburban housewife' will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge!"
Trump criticized the Obama/Biden administration's efforts to place low-income families in suburban neighborhoods.
The issue was one of the factors that drove voters to the polls to elect Trump as president in 2016.
But, as one Twitter user pointed out, the majority of people living in low-income housing are white.
User @pastordlamb writes: "Anyone who sees the words 'low income housing' and automatically thinks of black people is racist. We have numerous low income housing projects in our city and they are 90% white occupied."
Another user wrote: "Never underestimate the fear they have of POC. They hate and fear us. He know what he is doing, they will vote for him because he will build a wall in the suburbs to keep us out. They are all part of the problem in Amerikkka."
And a third user tweeted: "Donald Trump wants to keep "low income housing" out of the suburbs. Because there's nothing scarier than that... is there?"
If you live in public housing and enjoy smoking a good cigar or a weed joint after dinner, you may be facing eviction.
Smoking will be banned in public housing nationwide when a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation goes into effect next year.
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