The surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19 could not come at a worse time. A federal moratorium on evictions that’s been in place as a public health measure expires this weekend (July 31) renewing concerns about how to keep people safe in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings that could facilitate the spread of the virus, such as homeless shelters or on the streets. President Joe Biden has called on Congress to extend the eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which prohibits landlords nationwide from evicting certain tenants who fail to pay rent during the pandemic. What does this mean for health center patients?
“We know that housing is a critical social determinant of health that is associated with numerous health outcomes,” said Ron Yee, MD, Chief Medical Officer of NACHC. “An eviction can have a profound and destabilizing effect on anyone, but for the health center population, a majority of whom live in poverty and suffer from chronic health conditions, it could have devastating consequences.”
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