Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri was outspoken from the very beginning about the rent moratorium ending putting millions of American renters in danger of being evicted. Rep. Bush took this cause personally as reported by the VOA News this hit home for her as she was homeless herself after facing eviction. VOA News reported that after Rep. Bush experienced eviction she was forced to live in her car with her two children The Representative stated to CBS News “I know what it’s like,” as the protest on the Capitol steps began.
“As long as I am a sitting U.S. congressperson, I will not keep my mouth shut about it.” She stated in the article. She also received support from fellow congress members Rep. AOC, Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota who protested in front of the Capitol with Rep. Bush according to Momentswithmarchant.com.
On July 30th, 2021 Rep. Bush began to bring awareness to her fellow members of Congress as well as President Biden to have the eviction moratorium extended as the end date was July 31st. KSDK 5 On Your Side reported an estimate of 15,000 St. Louis city and county households are behind on rent currently.
On August 26th the SCOTUS voted to end the CDC’s eviction moratorium in a 6-3 decision. Rep. Bush’s efforts sparked similar protests across the country, as reported by Fox 5 Atlanta the organization called “Cancel The Rent” protested outside the Fulton County Courthouse on August 27th also reported on September 6th by The Daily Illini the titled Black August Protest took place on August 28th in front of the sheriff offices in Champaign, IL to protest the removal of the eviction moratorium.
With the efforts of Rep. Bush who slept outside for four days after the decision was made with protestors on Capitol Hill along with protests from organizations across the country, the eviction moratorium was extended until October 3rd, 2021. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was quoted as saying the following according to Business Insider “Eviction is a horror that no family should ever have to experience – with cribs and personal belongings on the street, children in fear and distress, and parents struggling to find basic shelter.”
If the 45.6 billion in the Emergency Rental Assistance Fund is not distributed by the end date millions of renters will be back to square one facing eviction but as for now, this is a temporary win for Rep. Bush and renters who are facing eviction.