‘The need is enormous’: Moratorium not stopping evictions in Wisconsin

February 18, 2021

A federal ban on evictions has not kept landlords from finding ways to remove people from their homes during the pandemic. 

The CDC's eviction moratorium order took effect Sept. 4. It aims to keep people from becoming homeless as the coronavirus spreads. President Biden recently extended that ban on evictions through March.

As families in Rock County face job loss or lose their homes, the pandemic has led to a waitlist for Family Promise of Greater Beloit's shelter program.

"We have noticed an increase, or an uptick, in the amount of families needing shelter in our area," said executive director Devin Blay-Stahl. "Usually, January and February are a lull month for us. Even last year we had openings available for families. I have now about 20 eligible families on my waitlist for seeking out shelter."

Blay-Stahl says the organization tries to work with landlords to connect renters with that help, to find solutions to avoid eviction. 

Despite the moratorium, Legal Action of Wisconsin attorney Heidi Wegleitner says there have been 7,163 eviction cases filed across the state since Sept. 4. 424 of those were in Dane County.

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