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Gov. DeSantis Says He Will Expand Statewide Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium


Gov. Ron DeSantis said he plans on extending a statewide eviction and foreclosure moratorium. 

The moratorium which protects Florida residents from losing their home, if they can prove COVID-19 hardship is set to expire September 1. 

DeSantis says he plans on extending the executive order for another month. 

“And then I will work on the moratorium. I think we probably will continue that as well.”

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A nationwide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures ended July 24.

DeSantis says Floridians who qualify for the Lost Wages Assistance Program will also be able to receive an additional 300 dollars a week in unemployment benefits. 

"And our hope is is that we're able to do that retroactively to the beginning of August. And hopefully just pay out a lump sum."

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 45,723 Floridians applied for unemployment benefits last week compared to 72,774 the week before.

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Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.