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Meeting Tenants’ Legal Needs in Looming Eviction Cases Could Cost Billions

8.10.2020
As Indiana’s moratorium on evictions is set to end in a week, legal aid providers are estimating the national price tag for helping tenants facing the prospect of losing their places to live will top $2.5 billion. On Capitol Hill, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Massachusetts, is calling on Congressional... Continue reading >

Evictions Loom as Rental Assistance Gets Spent and Moratoriums Uncertain

8.10.2020
With precious rental assistance money going fast, courtrooms reopening and moratoriums lifting, tenant advocates and local and state officials fear a coming surge of evictions as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the economy. “We’re facing a situation where there is no state moratorium, the... Continue reading >

Wichita Renters Face Looming Eviction After $600 Unemployment and Federal Ban Expire

8.10.2020
Service providers across Wichita are raising the alarm that a growing number of tenants face eviction in the coming months, particularly by the end of August. The concern comes as two pieces of the CARES Act expire: the federal moratorium on evictions expired on July 24 and the extra $600 in... Continue reading >

Stark County Evictions Resume as Pandemic Drags on

8.10.2020
Most municipal courts in the region had paused eviction hearings in mid-March due to the national health crisis. Canton Municipal Court restarted its eviction hearings in early July, and Massillon Municipal Court resumed its hearings last week. Judge Curt Werren said Canton Municipal Court hasn’t... Continue reading >

Thousands of Evictions Possibly Looming in Indiana

8.10.2020
On Friday, President Donald Trump announced a wide range of executive orders designed to help with the financial impact of the pandemic, including another national moratorium on evictions. If Indiana's moratorium on evictions has been helping you and your family stay in your home, Brandon Beeler,... Continue reading >

‘It’s Really Stressful’ Waiting for Congress to Reach Stimulus Deal

8.10.2020
Bloomfield resident Abbey Rideout said the additional jobless benefits Congress approved in late March made a huge difference for her and her partner, who’s also unemployed. Part of a larger pandemic stimulus package, the program gave an extra $600 a week to those who were already receiving... Continue reading >

COVID Shows Why We Need Legal Aid for Civil Cases Like Evictions: Rep. Joe Kennedy

8.7.2020
In Massachusetts alone, well over 100,000 households are at risk of being evicted when our state’s eviction moratorium ends, more than twice the number of local households evicted in the years following the Great Recession. With Black and Latinx people twice as likely to rent than their white... Continue reading >

As Pandemic Moratoriums on Evictions End: Worries Start

8.7.2020
As an attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland , Abigail Staudt (Stout) understands the concerns around evictions happening during a pandemic. “It’s wrong to potentially cause someone to have unstable housing. It’s wrong that somebody might have to move in with friends or family during this... Continue reading >

270k Unemployment Claims on Hold Amid Concerns About Fraud

8.7.2020
Social-service advocates say Ohio’s crackdown on fraudulent unemployment claims has hurt people in desperate need for jobless benefits. The state has put a temporary hold on 270,000 claims amid concerns about fraud. The investigation couldn’t come at a worse time for the unemployed, the advocates... Continue reading >

Pandemic Puts Renters at Risk in Georgia and Nationwide

8.7.2020
On Thursday’s special edition of “Closer Look,” host Rose Scott spoke with academics, lawyers, and activists about the challenges at-risk renters face during the pandemic and what’s next as moratoriums lift and courts across the state slowly reopen. Listen here. Continue reading >

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