Gov. Ron DeSantis has once again extended a moratorium on mortgage foreclosures and evictions, a move public interest lawyers and business litigators alike say is only delaying a massive surge in homelessness.

The latest extension, issued at 8:45 p.m. on August 31, expires on October 1. It marks the fifth time DeSantis has extended an April emergency order tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The previous extension narrowed the moratorium’s scope to tenants directly affected by COVID-19, allowing cases to move forward and prompting a surge in filings, said Jamos “Jay” Mobley, a senior housing and consumer attorney with the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association.