VA Offers Resources for Veterans as Eviction Moratorium Ends

September 2, 2021Hannah Ray Lambert
eviction moratorium suspended

A housing inspector carries out a quality assurance inspection Nov. 21, 2019, at Fort Benning, Georgia. Photo by Patrick Albright/Fort Benning Public Affairs Office.

With bans on evictions now lifted in many states, the Department of Veterans Affairs is reminding veterans of resources they can tap into to remain in their homes.

Lawmakers “adopted a limited, temporary moratorium on evictions” when the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020, NPR reported. When the moratorium lapsed in July 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its own eviction ban. 

The CDC issued a new, two-month extension on Aug. 3 covering parts of the US experiencing “substantial or high” levels of COVID-19 spread.

On Aug. 26, however, the US Supreme Court struck down the latest eviction moratorium, ending protections for about 3.5 million Americans who say they face eviction in the next two months, according to CBS News. The investment bank Goldman Sachs found about 2 million of those households rent from small landlords.

veterans evictions moratorium ends
On-post housing at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Photo courtesy of the Fort Jackson Public Affairs Office.

Landlords have pushed back on the ban throughout the pandemic, arguing it effectively allows the government to take control of their properties.

The court ruled 6-3 that the CDC exceeded its authority with the temporary ban, writing, “If a federally imposed eviction moratorium is to continue, Congress must specifically authorize it,” NPR reported.

Several states, such as California, Illinois, and New Mexico, as well as Washington, DC, still have their own eviction bans in place, but veteran renters at risk of eviction should look for emergency rental assistance or other help, according to the VA.

Veterans can contact Supportive Services for Veteran Families to find temporary financial assistance, legal aid, and child care subsidies. 

The VA recently expanded the Shallow Subsidy initiative to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam. It covers 35% of eligible veterans’ rent for two years.

Workers install new windows at a historic home Oct. 1, 2019, at Fort Benning, Georgia. Photo by Patrick Albright, courtesy of the Fort Benning Public Affairs Office.

The VA also advises using the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Rental Assistance Finder to locate resources from state and local organizations.

Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness can call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 877-4AID VET (that’s 877-424-3838).

Veterans who are falling behind on their mortgages should contact the VA’s Home Loan Center at 877-827-3702.

More information can be found on the VA’s website.

Read Next: Fort Hood’s Housing Nightmare Spurs Social Media Return Fire

Hannah Ray Lambert
Hannah Ray Lambert

Hannah Ray Lambert is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die who previously covered everything from murder trials to high school trap shooting teams. She spent several months getting tear gassed during the 2020-2021 civil unrest in Portland, Oregon. When she’s not working, Hannah enjoys hiking, reading, and talking about authors and books on her podcast Between Lewis and Lovecraft.

More from Coffee or Die Magazine
Coffee Or Die Photo
From the Team Room to Team Room Design: An Operator’s Creative Journey

BRCC partners with Team Room Design for an exclusive T-shirt release!

Coffee Or Die Photo
Get Your Viking On: The Exclusive 30 Sec Out BRCC Shirt Club Design

Thirty Seconds Out has partnered with BRCC for an exclusive shirt design invoking the God of Winter.

Grizzly Forge BRCC shirt
Limited Edition: Grizzly Forge Blades on an Awesome BRCC Shirt

Lucas O'Hara of Grizzly Forge has teamed up with BRCC for a badass, exclusive Shirt Club T-shirt design featuring his most popular knife and tiomahawk.

BRCC Limited Edition Josh Raulerson Blackbeard Skull Shirt
From Naval Service to Creative Canvas: BRCC Veteran Artist Josh Raulerson

Coffee or Die sits down with one of the graphic designers behind Black Rifle Coffee's signature look and vibe.

Medal of Honor is held up.
Biden Will Award Medal of Honor to Army Helicopter Pilot Who Rescued Soldiers in Vietnam Firefight

Biden will award the Medal of Honor to a Vietnam War Army helicopter pilot who risked his life to save a reconnaissance team from almost certain death.

dear jack mandaville
Dear Jack: Which Historic Battle Would You Want To Witness?

Ever wonder how much Jack Mandaville would f*ck sh*t up if he went back in time? The American Revolution didn't even see him coming.

west point time capsule
West Point Time Capsule Yields Centuries-Old Coins

A nearly 200-year-old West Point time capsule that at first appeared to yield little more than dust contains hidden treasure, the US Military Academy said.

  • About Us
  • Privacy Policy
  • Careers
Contact Us
Contact Us
© 2024 Coffee or Die Magazine. All Rights Reserved