Half a million Michiganders might be at risk of eviction by the end of year

September 17, 2020

Half a million Michigan families could risk eviction by the end of the year without financial help from the federal government, housing advocates say.

One in every five Michigan rental households has fallen behind on their payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy. And 242,000 Michigan children are in families that haven't been able to keep up with rent or get enough to eat.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently ordered a ban on evicting low-income tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19. The order is effective until the end of the year, but it doesn't relieve tenants from paying back rent that they owe landlords.

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