More Than 1,000 People Apply for Help From Eviction Settlement Fund

July 27, 2020

On Saturday, the federal eviction protections, outlined in the CARES Act, for federally subsidized or federally backed housing will end. 

When Shelby County courts reopened in June, more than 9,000 evictions were on the docket. With protections and soon the $600 a week unemployment payments ending, lawyers are bracing for more evictions to be filed.

"I fear a flood of evictions and our clients, the number of calls has substantially increased," Cindy Ettingoff, Memphis Area Legal Services CEO, said.

MALS partnered with the city of Memphis and Shelby County to establish a $2 million eviction protection fund for people facing evictions as a result of COVID-19. More than 1,000 people have applied since the application portal opened.

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