Take action to avoid eviction using the new CDC order
August 3, 2021

To temporarily halt evictions in counties where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new order on August 3, 2021.

 

  • If you already gave your landlord a CDC Declaration and it’s still true, you don’t need to complete a new one.

  • If you haven’t already given your landlord a CDC Declaration, take action today.

  • The new CDC Order does not protect people who were removed from their homes between August 1 and August 3 because of a court order.

Download the CDC form here  

Keep reading to find out if this form applies to you and how to use it.

If you gave your landlord a signed Declaration before the CDC issued its new order on August 3, 2021 , you do not need to give them a new one.

Take these steps for eviction prevention.

Here, we guide you through the content of the CDC Declaration, one step at a time.

Step 1. Take advantage of free housing help

You can get help from a local expert with the steps below. Contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s housing counseling program.

Call (800) 569-4287 or find a housing counselor

Step 2. See if you qualify

If you can check at least one box in each list below (Income, Financial hardship and COVID-19 transmission), you qualify for CDC protection.

Income

  • I received a stimulus check (Economic Impact Payment) in 2020 or 2021.

  • I was not required to report any income to the IRS in 2020.

  • In 2020 or 2021, I earned (or expect to earn) less than $99,000 as an individual or less than $198,000 as a joint tax return filer.

  • You are likely to have earned under this amount if you receive any of the following benefits:

    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

If none of the above apply, you do not qualify.

 

Financial hardship

I cannot pay my full rent or make a full housing payment because:

  • My household income has gone down substantially

  • I have been laid off from work

  • My work hours or wages have been cut or

  • I have extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses, defined as 7.4% of my adjusted gross income for the year

 

If none of the above apply, you do not qualify.

COVID-19 transmission in your community

I live in a U.S. county with a substantial or high rate of COVID-19 transmission. To check the level of cases in your county, use this CDC tracker.

 

Do the income, financial hardship, and COVID-19 transmission requirements apply to you? Your situation qualifies.

 

Step 3. Read and sign the declaration

Read the statements below. Make sure they are true. If they are true, download and sign the declaration .

  • I live in a U.S. county with a substantial or high rate of community transmission levels of COVID-19 

  • My income level qualifies for the reasons explained above

  • I have done my best to make timely partial payments that are as close as possible to the full payment and to get government assistance in making my rent or housing payments

  • If evicted, I would have no other available housing options, so I would

    • Probably become homeless, or

    • Have to move to a homeless shelter, or

    • Have to move in with others who live in close quarters

    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

  • I understand that after I sign:

    • Unless I come to an agreement with my landlord, if I fail to make my required payments, I could be evicted when this temporary halt of evictions ends.

    • I must still follow the conditions of my lease.

    • I can still be evicted for reasons other than not paying rent or not making a housing payment.

  • I sign this declaration under penalty of perjury. I promise that the statements above are the truth. I understand that I can be criminally punished for lying.

 

Step 4. Give the signed declaration to your landlord

Make sure you sign and date the Declaration  before sending it. You can do this by mail, e-mail, fax, or in person.

Keep a copy of the Declaration for your records.

If you’ve already handed in the form, you are protected until October 3, 2021.

More eviction help

What to do if you're worried about eviction

We have information to help you understand your rights, based on your situation right now.

 

Find out if your state and local government is stopping evictions

Some state and local governments have limited evictions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.