STATE EVICTION BANS: A POLICY RESPONSE TO COVID-19


STATE EVICTION BANS: A POLICY RESPONSE TO COVID-19


Susan E. Baer, Ph.D.1*, Victor Ferreros, Ph.D.1

1Walden University, Contributing Faculty Member, School of Public Policy and Administration.


The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the importance of housing as a social determinant of health. To prevent millions of American renters from being evicted from their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and potentially becoming homeless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a temporary eviction ban order on September 4, 2020 that has currently been extended through June 30, 2021. This paper examines the rationale for the CDC temporary eviction ban order from a public health perspective. It then uses statistical techniques to explore the relationship between political and demographic variables and temporary eviction bans enacted in individual states during the pandemic. Results show a statistically significant relationship between political party control of the state legislature and temporary state eviction bans which suggests that partisanship has largely driven the use of temporary eviction bans as a policy response to COVID-19 at the state level.


Keywords: Eviction ban; Eviction moratorium; Eviction; COVID- 19; Homelessness; Partisanship


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Susan E. Baer, Victor Ferreros. State Eviction Bans: A Policy Response to COVID-19. American Journal of Public Administration, 2021; 3:11. DOI: 10.28933/ajpa-2021-04-1805


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