Congressman Johnson Applauds Superior Court Chief Judge Jackson's 60-Day Moratorium on Evictions

August 1, 2021
Press Release
Rep. Johnson Welcomes Local Action, Calls on Other Georgia Counties and Counties Across the Nation to Follow Suit To Give More Time for Federal Funds to Reach Those in Need

DECATUR, GA — Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) today released the following statement after Congress failed to extend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction moratorium this weekend. DeKalb County Superior Court Chief Judge Asha Jackson signed an emergency judicial order creating a countywide eviction moratorium for 60 days following the expiration of the CDC moratorium.

“I want to thank Chief Judge Jackson for her wisdom and forethought in issuing her emergency order – the 60-day extension of the eviction moratorium here in DeKalb County will essentially give local officials the time they need to get available federal funding out to distressed renters and landlords during what has turned out to be unfortunately a surging pandemic,” said Johnson.

“I’m urging other counties across Georgia and the country to follow DeKalb’s lead in extending the moratorium locally so we can keep people struggling with back rent in their homes during a surge in the Delta variant and catch up on the back log of cases.”

Congress approved $50 billion to help ease the housing crisis during to the pandemic. Georgia received more than $700 million under that program – and DeKalb County about $32 million. Only a fraction of the funding has thus far been dispersed.

“I want to commend DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond and DeKalb County as well for overcoming obstacles, adjusting their plan and working with federal and state partners to ensure people get the help they need. With this reprieve, it will allow more time for money to get out the door, counties more time to improve their rental and landlord assistance programs and Congress more time to consider further extending the moratorium.”

For more information on DeKalb’s rental assistance program, visit DeKalb's Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition program website.

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