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Evictions damage public health. The CDC has banned them — for now. | Madison 365

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Evictions damage public health. The CDC has banned them — for now. | Madison 365

Bram Sable-Smith, WPR/Wisconsin Watch; Martha Bebinger, WBUR and Darian Benson, Side Effects Public Media, Madison 365

When Robert Pettigrew finally saw the sign in August, he believed the “good Lord” had placed him in front of it.

The sign appeared months after a doctor advised the 52-year-old to stop manning the front desk at Motel 6 as a mass on his lung and bouts with pneumonia restricted his breathing. Pettigrew saw the sign after his 25-year-old daughter and her son moved into his Milwaukee apartment where Pettigrew was six months late on rent. After Wisconsin lifted a ban on most evictions during the coronavirus pandemic. And after a landlord filed to evict Pettigrew and his wife, Stephanie.

Only then did Pettigrew glimpse the paper sign while being paid $20 to wash windows at Boost Mobile on Atkinson Avenue. The message: “Facing eviction? You could be eligible for up to $3,000 in rent assistance. Apply today.”


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a national public health institute in the United States. It is a United States federal agency, under the Department of Health and Human Services, and is headquartered in AtlantaGeorgia.

Its main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the US and internationally. The CDC focuses national attention on developing and applying disease control and prevention. It especially focuses its attention on infectious diseasefood borne pathogensenvironmental healthoccupational safety and healthhealth promotioninjury prevention and educational activities designed to improve the health of United States citizens. The CDC also conducts research and provides information on non-infectious diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, and is a founding member of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes.

Source – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Updated: 24 September 2020) Wikipedia. Available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centers_for_Disease_Control_and_Prevention (Accessed: 29 September 2020)