Trump’s order does little to stop impending eviction crisis, experts say

  • CNBC | by: Annie Nova |
  • 08/10/2020 12:00 AM
The executive action President Donald Trump took on Saturday doesn’t give tenants worried about losing their homes amid one of the worst public health crises in history any additional security, experts say. 

After negotiations on another stimulus package all but collapsed in Congress last week, Trump issued a number of executive orders over the weekend on relief measures of his own. The action has already been called unconstitutional, and housing experts say that what’s being billed as an eviction moratorium is really just a few recommendations that will not actually do much, if anything, to keep renters in their homes. 

 “It’s toothless, at best,” said Peggy Bailey, vice president of housing policy at the Center on Budget Policies and Priorities. The memorandum merely directs federal agencies to “consider” measures to prevent evictions, Bailey said. The National Low Income Housing Coalition called the order “Trump’s empty shell of a promise to renters.”