Idaho Sees Spike in Eviction Cases After Federal Moratorium Expires
It's been three weeks since a federal eviction moratorium expired, and the Gem State already sees a jump in eviction hearings.
Idaho Legal Aid, a nonprofit group that offers free legal counsel for those facing eviction and other housing problems, has also seen a surge in eviction cases and the number of calls to its hotline.
"The cases of this nature that we've handled so far this year is right about double year-to-date what we saw last year. More than half of the requests for assistance have come from Ada county, and then another 20% or so have been Canyon County," said Martin Hendrickson, statewide advocacy attorney for ILA.
The program offers assistance with rent and utility payments because of COVID-19. The CARES Act allocated $15 million to IHFA to distribute to those in need.