A FEDERAL JUDGE RULED LAST WEEK THE C-D-C DOESN’T HAVE THE POWER TO STOP EVICTIONS EVEN DURING A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS.
FIRST NEWS AT NINE’S MARIA BLOUGH SHARES WHAT IMPACT THIS RULING COULD HAVE IN WISCONSIN.
“It’s entirely possible that it will become moot before it’s ever decided on appeal.”
AS THE DIRECTOR OF LITIGATION FOR WISCONSIN JUDICARE…KRISTIN SLONSKI HAS SEEN CASES TAKE THEIR TIME THROUGH THE COURT SYSTEM.
THE CHALLENGE TO THE C-D-C’S MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS IS NO EXCEPTION.
“Appeals courts and supreme court work on their own timeline and they don’t answer to you or me. So it could take a while and it could take further than the expiration by force of time for the C-D-C’s moratorium in the first place.”
THE C-D-C’S ORDER IS SET TO END JUNE 30TH AND SLONSKI SAYS ANOTHER EXTENSION SEEMS UNLIKELY.
DESPITE THE ORDER… EVICTIONS HAVEN’T STOPPED.
SLONSKI’S SEEN PEOPLE LOSE HOUSING BECAUSE LANDLORDS WON’T RENEW A LEASE OR HOMES BECOME UNLIVEABLE AS SOME LANDLORDS CAN’T OR CHOOSE NOT TO MAKE MAJOR REPAIRS.
SLONSKI SAYS THE BEST WAY TO AVOID AN EVICTION IS TO WORK WITH YOUR NEAREST COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM TO GET RENTAL ASSISTANCE.
FOR EAU CLAIRE AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES THAT’S THE WESTERN DAIRYLAND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL.
“The economic damage done is going to linger for years and years so we’re happy we have this current amount of funding and we’re able to help hundreds and hundreds of local families but we know the impact of this will be around for years.”
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR DALE KARLS SAYS THEY’VE BEEN ABLE TO GIVE OUT MORE THAN ONE POINT THREE MILLION DOLLARS IN RENTAL ASSISTANCE SINCE THE LATEST ROUND OF FUNDING IN FEBRUARY.
THAT’S HELPED MORE THAN 380 FAMILIES IN FIVE COUNTIES.
WESTERN DAIRYLAND’S C-E-O ANNA CARDARELLA SAYS MORE FUNDING IS STILL AVAILABLE AND A RECENT CHANGE TO THE ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES MEANS MORE PEOPLE CAN GET HELP.
“The requirements for the program had to be that you had to have an income loss or financial hardship due to covid, now its’ you have to have a financial hardship during covid so it can be interpreted in many different ways.”
IN EAU CLAIRE… MARIA BLOUGH FIRST NEWS AT NINE.
THE WISCONSIN EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FUNDING RUNS OUT OR UNTIL DECEMBER.
IT CAN HELP WITH UP TO 15 MONTHS OF PAST OR FUTURE RENT.