ST. LOUIS – City residents at risk of being evicted are gaining a temporary reprieve.
Sheriff Vernon Betts and the St. Louis Housing Authority said that no evictions would be carried out during the coronavirus outbreak.
Mayor Lyda Krewson said via Twitter that the city had been told that “there will be a moratorium on evictions … until further notice to ensure individuals can maintain access to housing during the #COVID19 outbreak.”
Bridget Flood, executive director of the Incarnate Word Foundation, responded with a tweet praising the decision. “Thank you for helping those with the fewest resources in our community,” she said. The Incarnate Word Foundation is a nonprofit that fights poverty.
The sheriff’s website describes its duties as being “responsible for the safety and security of thirty-one divisional courtrooms of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Court and the transportation of prisoners between the Courts and detention facilities. The Sheriff also has the duty of serving court papers, eviction notices, and issuing concealed carry permits. Today, we have 173 sworn Deputies with an accumulated 2218 years of experience serving the 22nd Judicial Circuit and the citizens of St. Louis.”