As pace of evictions increases, Bush urges local governments to step up efforts to help tenants | Politics


Frontline Ferguson protester Cori Bush, D-Mo., Addresses the crowd during a memorial service for Michael Brown at Pleasant View Gardens Apartments, formerly known as Canfield Green Apartments, on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of Brown’s police shooting on Monday, August 9, 2021, in Ferguson. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, [email protected]

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ST. LOUIS – The city sheriff said on Wednesday his office may need to step up the pace of evictions to deal with a growing backlog, while in St. Louis County a local moratorium will take effect Thursday but will last for less than two weeks.

The ramp-up comes as another effort is underway in Congress to end the evictions – or at least keep the problem in the spotlight.

But even if the new legislation sponsored by US Representative Cori Bush is passed, it is unlikely to come in time to slow the deportations which are now taking place freely in the courts.

In an interview with the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, Bush urged local governments to do what they can to stop eviction orders as she pushes her legislation for another national break.

“I hope we can get that in the city as well, because I know these evictions are taking place,” she said.

Evictions aren’t just happening, they’re increasing rapidly, said St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts, whose office is enforcing court orders.

“They kind of pile up on us,” Betts said. “We probably think that next week, we will have to increase our teams to deal with these evictions. “

Betts said he was working with St. Louis Public Schools, which have asked MPs to distribute information to families whose children have been deported. The school system has a program that helps give families facing homelessness emergency supplies or temporary storage space while working to connect them with social service agencies. About 20% of the school district’s population face housing uncertainty, spokesman George Sells said.


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