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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Mayor Lyda Krewson said on Wednesday that evictions were paused in the city of St. Louis while they work with the courts to help people get some federal assistance. Now, an order from the 22nd Missouri Judicial Courts says that evictions are suspended until September 1, 2020.

The St. Louis Health Department requested the suspension of evictions after the resurgence of COVID-19 in the region. The order is to help slow the spread of the virus in the region.

The city is distributing $5.4 million from the federal CARES Act for rental and mortgage assistance. Mayor Krewson says that they have received 4,500 applications. Around 1,500 of them were from people who live in St. Louis County. Those applications have been sent to St. Louis County.

The city is referring around 3,000 applicants from residents to an agency to help people work through the documentation needed to get their federal assistance. Notifications that this process is underway will be sent Thursday.

The Sheriff’s department was set to evict people from 44 homes and apartments Tuesday.

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