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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/09/2020 09:12 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/09/2020 09:12 AM
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Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners

Washington, DC...By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which originated in the People’s Republic of China, continues to pose a significant threat to the health of Americans throughout the United States. As we have since January 2020, with the proactive decision to limit travel from China and the passage of three massive economic relief packages, my Administration will take whatever steps are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain economic prosperity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the Department of Health and Human Services have concluded that “growing and disproportionate unemployment rates for some racial and ethnic minority groups during the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to greater risk of eviction and homelessness or sharing of housing.”

This trend is concerning for many reasons, including that homeless shelters have proven to be particularly susceptible to outbreaks of COVID-19. CDC has observed that “[h]omelessness poses multiple challenges that can exacerbate and amplify the spread of COVID-19. Homeless shelters are often crowded, making social distancing difficult. Many persons experiencing homelessness are older or have underlying medical conditions, placing them at higher risk for severe COVID-19–associated illness.” Increased shared housing is also potentially problematic to the extent it results in increased in-person interactions between older, higher-risk individuals and their younger relatives or friends.

My Administration has taken bold steps to help renters and homeowners have safe and secure places to call home during the COVID-19 crisis. Prior to passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Public Law 116-136), the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development implemented a foreclosure and eviction moratorium for all single-family mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration. Furthermore, prior to passage of the CARES Act, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it had instructed the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (the Enterprises) to suspend foreclosures for at least 60 days. FHFA has since announced that the Enterprises will extend the foreclosure suspension until at least August 31, 2020.

The CARES Act imposed a temporary moratorium on evictions of certain renters subject to certain conditions. That moratorium has now expired, and there is a significant risk that this will set off an abnormally large wave of evictions. With the failure of the Congress to act, my Administration must do all that it can to help vulnerable populations stay in their homes in the midst of this pandemic. Those who are dislocated from their homes may be unable to shelter in place and may have more difficulty maintaining a routine of social distancing. They will have to find alternative living arrangements, which may include a homeless shelter or a crowded family home and may also require traveling to other States.

In addition, evictions tend to disproportionately affect minorities, particularly African Americans and Latinos. Unlike the Congress, I cannot sit idly and refuse to assist vulnerable Americans in need. Under my Administration, minorities achieved the lowest unemployment rates on record, and we will not let COVID-19 erase these gains by causing short-term dislocations that could well have long-term consequences.

Accordingly, my Administration, to the extent reasonably necessary to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, will take all lawful measures to prevent residential evictions and foreclosures resulting from financial hardships caused by COVID-19.

Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to minimize, to the greatest extent possible, residential evictions and foreclosures during the ongoing COVID-19 national emergency.

Sec. 3. Response to Public Health Risks of Evictions and Foreclosures. (a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Director of CDC shall consider whether any measures temporarily halting residential evictions of any tenants for failure to pay rent are reasonably necessary to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 from one State or possession into any other State or possession.

(b) The Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall identify any and all available Federal funds to provide temporary financial assistance to renters and homeowners who, as a result of the financial hardships caused by COVID-19, are struggling to meet their monthly rental or mortgage obligations.

(c) The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall take action, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to promote the ability of renters and homeowners to avoid eviction or foreclosure resulting from financial hardships caused by COVID-19. Such action may include encouraging and providing assistance to public housing authorities, affordable housing owners, landlords, and recipients of Federal grant funds in minimizing evictions and foreclosures.

(d) In consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of FHFA shall review all existing authorities and resources that may be used to prevent evictions and foreclosures for renters and homeowners resulting from hardships caused by COVID-19.

Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


August 8, 2020.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-08-09 09:32:47   By: Anonymous
A huge nothing burger, completely useless practically speaking.
One American dies every 80 seconds and others being thrown out of their homes while the president and Republicans in congress do absolutely nothing.

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    Posted on: 2020-08-09 09:43:19   By: Anonymous
    That's funny. Trump signs an order protecting people from eviction. This coming from a huge evictor when he was a landlord in NYC. I do believe he was sued by prosecutors back there for his mischievious ways. And he settled. Of course this follows his hypocritcal ways. You know, protecting women while grabbing pusy, protecting the enviornment while scrapping protections, protecting US citizens while allowing the covid spread. Just a big, white, orange colored hypocrit. And you voted for him?

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      Posted on: 2020-08-09 09:47:04   By: Anonymous
      It does not protect anyone from eviction! It's a pile of gobbledygook!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-08-09 09:46:44   By: Anonymous
The payroll tax holiday executive order is BS. Here, have your payroll tax money now, but it will still be due at tax time, unless .......

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    Posted on: 2020-08-09 09:49:05   By: Anonymous
    Yes, and if unless doesn't happen, employers face a huge balloon payment on past due taxes.

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      Posted on: 2020-08-09 09:51:44   By: Anonymous
      That sounds like voter extortion.

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        Posted on: 2020-08-09 09:53:31   By: Anonymous
        Trump IS a fraud. This IS purely, the wizard behind the curtain act.

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Huge phony
Posted on: 2020-08-09 10:36:16   By: Anonymous
Trump is a huge phony. His people draft up a useless piece of propaganda and trump gets all puffed up and reads , like he is saving this country because Congress won’t act. Horse apples. I believe the trump administration and Mitch McConnell planned this whole thing. McConnell blocks any action in the Senate. Trump lets that play out, and at the last minute he steps up and acts like he is real savior.

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    Re: Huge phony
    Posted on: 2020-08-09 10:47:34   By: Anonymous
    Angry Democrats don't like it cuz Trump outfoxed them again

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      Re: Huge phony
      Posted on: 2020-08-09 11:16:29   By: Anonymous
      Nonsense. He has just about outfoxed himself to a jail term.

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      Re: Huge phony
      Posted on: 2020-08-09 11:20:39   By: Anonymous
      Please read more fully. Now he's taking from the Social Security Administration to fund his executive orders. This should bother all of us, no matter your party of choice. But what is scariest is that none of this is constitutionally sound and Trump appears to believe he can write anything into law. Congress makes law; the White House enacts it, as any middle school student can tell you.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-08-09 11:23:47   By: Anonymous
Trump is also saying that the Feds pay for 75% of funding for his executive orders and states finance the remaining quarter, many of which no longer have that kind of funding available. This is just bureaucratic hyperbole because now the states will sue and nothing will be accomplished. Just a last ditch effort by a losing administration to demonstrate some kind of power and to convince the American people that he actually cares.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-08-09 11:24:39   By: Anonymous
No matter your political affiliation, hope a lot of you this morning are saying, "Don't touch my Social Security."

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    It's All Coming Down
    Posted on: 2020-08-09 18:33:04   By: Anonymous
    Nothing will happen until October, then they hope to pull some kind of miracle shyte.

    They have thoroughly screwed the pooch, all for the Billionaires.

    They don't give a shyte about us- the 99%.

    If you think they do, you are delusional.

    This election is about restoring Democracy.

    Dump has ignored the Constitution and laws.

    We must take our Republic back.

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      Re: It's All Coming Down
      Posted on: 2020-08-11 08:07:11   By: Anonymous
      You do realize you admitted we live in a republic, all you idiot liberal socialist flatlanders go back to your screwed up Democratic ran cities and stay there. The god damn traffic up in the foothills and mountains is totally ridiculous as is the attitudes you idiots bring with you.

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        Re: It's All Coming Down
        Posted on: 2020-08-11 12:34:39   By: Anonymous

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        Re: It's All Coming Down
        Posted on: 2020-08-11 12:35:57   By: Anonymous
        That"s real frontier gibberish! Who can argue with that?

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