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With pandemic safety net policies expiring, renters brace for eviction

Jul 30, 2021
The federal eviction moratorium is set to expire at the end of July. Houstonians won’t have a state or local moratorium in place to pause evictions.
Houston-area renters lined up at La Iglesia del Pueblo on July 5, 2021.
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Millions of renters could face eviction as moratorium ends

Jul 28, 2021
Congress allocated $46 billion for rental assistance — but is that information, and the money, getting to people who need it?
A constable in Arizona knocks before posting an eviction order. Federal assistance is available for tenants who are behind on their rent, but many are unaware of the aid.
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Just $3 billion in rent relief has gone out, with CDC eviction ban set to end

Jul 23, 2021
More rental assistance was distributed in June than in the previous three months combined, but it's still a small fraction of the nearly $50 billion Congress approved.
Demonstrators march in the street during a "Cancel Rent and Mortgages" rally in June 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Foreclosures are at a record low ... for now

Jul 15, 2021
But a CDC moratorium on foreclosures is set to end on July 31. Meanwhile, "seriously delinquent" mortgages have nearly doubled from last year.
While foreclosure rates are currently low, nearly 5% of homeowners have “seriously delinquent” unpaid mortgages. Above, the belongings of a person being evicted sit on the lawn in front of their Columbus, Ohio, home in March.
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As eviction deadline looms, more tenants have access to legal help

Jul 8, 2021
Several cities and states have passed "right to counsel" legislation.
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What we know about the extended COVID-19 eviction moratorium

Jun 30, 2021
More than 6 million households were behind on their rent at the end of March.
An apartment complex in Los Angeles where homeless people are being housed. Some states have longer eviction bans than the federal government, whose moratorium ends July 31.
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What happens when the eviction moratorium ends in a month?

Jun 25, 2021
The extension of the eviction moratorium may help federal assistance cover some back rent, but long-term solutions are needed.
The federal eviction moratorium has been extended by a month, but experts think long-term solutions are needed for renter assistance.
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Banning evictions for 1 more month could make a big difference

Jun 24, 2021
Experts say it will give both renters and property owners more time to access that Congress gave states for rental assistance.
Experts say it will give both renters and property owners more time to access that Congress gave states for rental assistance.
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Houston officials are handing out rent relief, but not all landlords are signing up

May 31, 2021
The local program recently eliminated landlord participation as a requirement for renters to receive funding, so the payments can go directly to renters.
With the CDC eviction order set to expire at the end of June, renters are scrambling to pull together back rent.
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When should pandemic benefits end if there's no neat end to the pandemic?

May 12, 2021
Withdrawing support too soon could inflict damage. Leaving it in place too long could also have drawbacks.
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