OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that he will extend the temporary eviction ban for another month in an effort to help Washington counties spread COVID-19 housing benefit.

The moratorium on evictions has been extended and adjusted for much of the pandemic, with the current moratorium ending on September 30.

It now expires at the end of the day on October 31, according to Inslee’s office.

The extension comes because King County has lagged behind in distributing federal pandemic aid designed to help both tenants and landlords.

Gov. Jay Inslee has convened a press conference at 3 p.m. today to discuss the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this month, that issue brought together advocates from both landlords and tenants in a rare alliance. In a letter, the groups urged County Executive Dow Constantine to make immediate changes to the emergency response program — and threatened prosecution if the county doesn’t take action.

King County spent about $34 million of the $145 million it received from the most recent portion of federal government funding. That’s about 24% of the aid dollars.

In comparison, Snohomish and Pierce counties each spent more than two-thirds of their housing benefits.

Inslee’s announcement comes just two days after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the city’s moratorium on pandemic evictions has been extended through January 15. That ban would also expire at the end of September.

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