Eviction Restriction Showdown

Ex-HUD chief Julián Castro wonders why the White House dropped the ball on evictions before reviving the moratorium this week.

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Millions of Americans have faced eviction during the economic crunch sparked by the COVID crisis. After a high-pressure campaign by progressives, including former Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, the Biden administration extended the eviction moratorium this week. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson talks with Castro about the eviction crisis, and why progressives are demanding stronger presidential action on issues like housing and voting rights.

Guest: Julián Castro is a former San Antonio mayor, HUD secretary, and presidential candidate. He’s also the host of the Our America podcast.

Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis and Ahyiana Angel

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