Legal Aid of Nebraska expects to see an increase in deportation requests following Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively ended the Centers for Disease Control moratorium.
Scott Mertz, senior attorney for Legal Aid’s Housing Justice Project, said the moratorium has kept thousands of Nebraska families affected by COVID-19 in their homes over the past year.
“Effective immediately, this will have a devastating impact on thousands of Nebraskans who are struggling to pay their rent and face eviction,” he said.
But he wants low-income families to know they have the option of staying in their homes as the state faces an increase in cases of the delta variant of COVID-19.
“Even though the moratorium has been lifted, tenants threatened with eviction can use other legal rights and rent assistance to prevent evictions,” Mertz said in a press release Friday.
Mertz said Nebraska Legal Aid, which provides free civil legal services statewide, is committed to protecting those at risk of deportation. And there is always help, including:
* Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Anyone who has been financially impacted by COVID-19 can apply for rental assistance through the appropriate provider. The funds can cover rent arrears and future rent, overdue utilities, internet and mobile phone services.