Eviction moratorium extended for Alexandria

Alexandria’s recent surge in COVID-19 cases has put it on the list of localities where the eviction moratorium has been extended.

In a press release, the city confirmed it was on the list of places where the moratorium took effect and pushed residents struggling to pay their rent to state and local resources.

“On August 3, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new order temporarily halting evictions in locations where there have been surges in COVID-19 and increases in cases of the Delta variant,” the city said. “The moratorium is in effect through October 3 and covers all renters living in communities, including the City of Alexandria, that meet these criteria.”

At the state level, the Virginia Rent Relief Program offers relief for renters and landlords. Renters can apply for help covering rent payments past due starting in April 2020. The program also also allows landlords to file for rent relief on behalf of residents.

“The City’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) Office of Community Services (OCS) also provides rental assistance to eligible households facing a housing crisis or homelessness,” the city said. “Residents can call the DCHS Customer Call Center at 703.746.5700 or text 703.346.5599 to learn about rental assistance, as well as other available emergency assistance.”

Rent has been a touchy subject in Alexandria over the last year, with some local residents protesting against paying rent when the pandemic forced many out of their jobs. The city offered some rent relief services but property owners have already started to lay the groundwork for eviction even while the moratorium was in effect.

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