As lawmakers debate possible ways of ending Minnesota’s COVID moratorium on evictions, advocates say the ban on evictions for non-payment of rent should continue for one year, until all federal assistance is distributed. Ivory Taylor with Homeline says:
“With the lifting of the federal or state moratorium, as many as 53-thousand Minnesota households are at immediate risk of eviction — and we know that this disproportionately impacts Black and Brown Minnesotans.”
Owen Duckworth with “The Alliance” says 25 percent of Black, indigenous and people-of-color households in Minnesota report they’re behind on rent — compared to just nine percent of households with white renters. Those pushing for a different approach on ending the moratorium point out that many landlords are suffering financially and can’t afford upkeep because some tenants are not paying rent.