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Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, has called upon the White House and the Centers for Disease Control to extend the eviction moratorium.

“The pandemic is not over,” Lee said, in a news release issued Sunday night by her office. “With the dangerous Delta variant spreading widely, low-income communities — especially Black and Brown communities — are still at risk of losing their homes and ending up on the street. In line with the executive power granted during a public health crisis, the White House and CDC should immediately extend the eviction moratorium.”

Lee, who co-chairs the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity, said her district and California has been at the epicenter of the nation’s housing crisis.

“This is more crucial now than ever because evictions will not only leave families without a roof over their head, it has the potential to worsen the spread of COVID-19,” she said.

“Individual states should not have to fend for themselves. The Biden administration and the CDC can fix this with the swipe of a pen by extending the moratorium.”