Eviction cases across Iowa are starting to rise again
When Congress passed its latest COVID-19 relief bill just before the new year, it included language that extended a federal eviction moratorium through the end of January. Paired with that extension was $25 billion in rental assistance for individual states to send out as they see fit.
Though the monetary assistance and extension are working to prevent mass evictions of renters throughout the country, eviction cases haven't stopped entirely during the pandemic. In fact, in Cerro Gordo County and across Iowa, such cases are as frequent as they've been at any point over the past year.
"I think we’ve been in every county defending evictions in the recent past more than before. It’s all over and there are a lot of people in dire straits," said Diane Wilson, an Iowa Legal Aid attorney who works in Mason City.