COVID-19 Unhoused

Michigan’s eviction ban ends

The governor's moratorium on evictions during the pandemic ended Wednesday night raising fears of mass displacement.

As of midnight, Michigan’s temporary ban on evictions came to an end. Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered the moratorium in March to help people who may have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus shutdown.

The end of the order has government officials and housing advocates worried about the potential for thousands of people to be evicted from their housing at the same time that COVID-19 numbers are rising in the state.

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The original pause on evictions has been renewed several times. On June 26 Whitmer ordered for it to be replaced by an eviction diversion program that would provide legal and, in some cases, financial help to families facing eviction.

State officials have been “preparing frantically” to enact the program with the help of $60 million in coronavirus aid money, according to State Court Administrator Tom Boyd in an article in Bridge Magazine.

Meanwhile, Michigan’s Supreme Court has said there could be more than 75,000 eviction cases piled up from four months of backlog.

The court has implemented a plan to deal with the expected onslaught of cases. That requires courts to prioritize cases that involve alleged “illegal activity or extensive physical damage to the premises.”

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