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.
Congress allocated $46 billion for rental assistance — but is that information, and the money, getting to people who need it?
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.
But a CDC moratorium on foreclosures is set to end on July 31. Meanwhile, "seriously delinquent" mortgages have nearly doubled from last year.
Several cities and states have passed "right to counsel" legislation.
More than 6 million households were behind on their rent at the end of March.
The extension of the eviction moratorium may help federal assistance cover some back rent, but long-term solutions are needed.
Experts say it will give both renters and property owners more time to access that Congress gave states for rental assistance.
The local program recently eliminated landlord participation as a requirement for renters to receive funding, so the payments can go directly to renters.
Withdrawing support too soon could inflict damage. Leaving it in place too long could also have drawbacks.