An ‘eviction tsunami’ looms over Fresno, central San Joaquin Valley

February 1, 2021

Approximately 2 million people, including children, are at risk of eviction when California’s eviction moratorium expires on Feb. 1. Nationwide, 6.7 million adults are likely to face eviction or foreclosure in the next two months, according to the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, and Fresno may be in the eye of the storm. 

“So many of our families are going to be swept up in that eviction tsunami,” said Janine Nkosi, a sociologist at Fresno State and housing advocate in the central San Joaquin Valley. 

Renters’ advocates say that the looming expiration of the eviction moratorium creates an urgency in dealing with the state’s affordable housing shortage as well as rental policies they say are inadequate and too complicated, inevitably failing to protect vulnerable people who live at the mercy of ruthless and unscrupulous landlords.

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