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Wave of Evictions Expected as Moratoriums End

8.4.2020
Experts predict the eviction surge will worsen in the coming weeks, with 30 million unemployed and uncertainty whether Congress will extend the extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits that expired Friday. The federal eviction moratorium that protects more than 12 million renters living in... Continue reading >

Michigan Eviction Diversion Funds Available to Aid Renters

8.4.2020
Michigan’s COVID-19 Eviction Diversion and Rental Assistance Program is available in Berrien County through Emergency Shelter Services, said Mary LaSata Spiegel, the managing attorney with Legal Aid of Western Michigan, who is helping coordinate the program locally. She said that renters have to... Continue reading >

New Orleans Legal Aid Organization Sees Rise in Foreclosures, Unemployment Calls

8.4.2020
The head of the New Orleans legal aid office says calls for help from people who have lost their jobs have increased more than 600 percent. They are also being deluged with hundreds of calls from people who are being evicted. Federal unemployment benefits are running out this week and attorneys... Continue reading >

Here’s What You Need to Know as Rent Comes Due

8.3.2020
A federal eviction moratorium expired last week, and housing attorneys are concerned about a potential surge in evictions across Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Evictions are already resuming in many parts of Texas, leaving unemployed renters with few options and undocumented immigrants with... Continue reading >

Here's What to Do If You Can't Pay August Rent

8.3.2020
One in five renters is at risk of eviction by the fall, with the undocumented, people of color and low-income renters most vulnerable, according to the report. "I expect that we are going to see a lot of families thrust into homelessness right as we are starting the school year, which is fraught... Continue reading >

Families Could Be Headed for Disaster Over Unpaid Rent During COVID-19

8.3.2020
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ latest extension of the state’s eviction moratorium — this time to Sept. 1 — merely delays an inevitable day of reckoning, according to advocates for both renters and landlords. When that comes, judges will begin signing stacks of eviction orders, sheriff’s deputies will... Continue reading >

Canton Breast Cancer Survivor Struggling With Eviction During Pandemic

7.29.2020
After living there for seven years, and amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gower was evicted from the house and moved out with only some of her belongings last week. She's now staying at a North Canton hotel, unsure of what her future holds. Gower said she began struggling to pay her $575 rent shortly... Continue reading >

In Oklahoma There’s Money for Rental Assistance to Prevent Evictions

7.29.2020
Some landlords refuse to accept rental assistance that would prevent their tenants’ evictions for a month or longer. A legal aid attorney and two service providers told Big If True that some landlords never followed the rule in the first place and filed evictions in violation of the CARES Act. “The... Continue reading >

Legal Aid Providers Anticipate Surge in Evictions and Requests for Help

7.29.2020
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Community Legal Aid in Akron — continuously face tough decisions of who to help and who to turn away because of finite resources. The requests for help have only picked up in recent months, and the situation could become even direr in the future. That's why... Continue reading >

Rural Georgia's 'Legal Deserts' Are Further Stressed by Pandemic

7.29.2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched rural legal resources even thinner because of massive unemployment, benefits issues, looming evictions, and other problems that require lawyers, said one panelist, Lauren Sudeall, director of the Georgia State University College of Law’s Center for Access to... Continue reading >

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