As Congressional Democrats were preparing for their summer vacations, just like H.S. kids at the end of a school year, it was kinda difficult for them to concentrate on much else. This included thinking about the 3.5 million Americans who would soon be facing eviction if they didn’t act on extending the rent moratorium before flying out of the front door. But they didn’t act. Pelosi was too anxious to shimmy into her new thong bikini. Sorry for the visual…
It wasn’t like the Biden administration didn’t realize the immense problems the moratorium had already train wrecked into. Landlords were paying a price due to their slacking renters. Some of them even got sued due to a lack of funds to repair what they were being sued over by their freeloading tenants. It was a problem Biden could have fixed, but he didn’t, and the Supreme Court said it’s too late.
Many of the problems can be attributed to individual states for not disbursing the money they were given to keep landlords out of their own mortgage holder’s evil clutches. They weren’t protected like their renters were, but still, the way the Trump administration set the not all that complex of a system up should have worked. And it looked like it would until it died a premature death.
Funds were provided to states to take care of the banks and mortgage companies so they wouldn’t come after the landlords who were not allowed to evict or sue their tenants. In cases where landlords had no existing mortgage, the states were to pay the money directly to them. Sounds easy, right? Almost even sensible.
It took South Carolina six months to distribute the first dollar they received after Congress gave the thumbs up to spending tens of billions of dollars to keep people in their homes. Even then, they only sent money to nine people.
Of the $272 million S.C. received of federal money technically belonging to the citizens of the state, they had only shared $36,000 of it through June. Though they’ve recently stepped up the pace they’ve still only distributed 6% of what they received, or around $15.5 million. After the SCOTUS decision, S.C. won’t get a chance to spend the rest of it and state officials will soon have the emergence of tent cities to contend with.
Sandy Gillis, executive director of the not-for-profit Hilton Head Deep Well Project, said, “People are strangling on the red tape.” It takes nothing short of an act of God to get the money where it should be going. The organization has dipped into its own funds as much as possible to help people out but they can only do just so much.
The program’s misuse hasn’t been a matter of a state being red or blue. Sixteen of them have handed out less than 5% of the money and the rest of them don’t fare much better. The fault lies within the Bureaucracy of which every state has plenty of. What appeared to be the plan’s perfect execution was thwarted at nearly every state capital in the nation. But as most things do, it took a while to notice. By the time the flaw became apparent Trump was no longer in command, and since Biden didn’t care what happened he didn’t lift a finger.
It was only under intense pressure that the Biden administration finally made a bid to the Supreme Court to reinstate the program amid the lastest surge of coronavirus cases. But because they didn’t care enough to meet the deadline requirement for doing so, SCOTUS said “tough luck.” If this administration wasn’t interesting in fixing the gone awry program before, who’s to believe they would do anything now?
The easiest fix would be to bypass the red tape by handling the funds on a federal level only. Let the treasury department directly deposit the funds into individual accounts. BAM! But as we are all too fully aware, even the simplest of thoughts easily elude the old man in the White House.
To all whom this travesty may affect, may God be with you and your family because the Biden administration sure isn’t.