Texas Tries to Recoup Unemployment After Overpaying Texans

The Texas Workforce Commission, an agency that oversees unemployment benefits, estimates that it overpaid by $32 million, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday. The commission has sent 46,000 notices to people, saying they were overpaid or ineligible to receive benefits. Elizabeth Vargas received... Continue reading >

Wave of Evictions Looms in Atlanta

On Tuesday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that an executive order which mandates public agencies put a hold on residential evictions and eviction filings would be extended through August 31. The move calls on Atlanta Housing, Atlanta Beltline, Inc., the Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land... Continue reading >

First the Pandemic and Now the Evictions

Local agencies that offer rental assistance are bracing for new eviction cases in the coming weeks, excluding those receiving a longer reprieve because of the federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security). “I think several landlords and their attorneys ... purposefully didn’t... Continue reading >

An Unprecedented Alliance Emerges to Protect California Farmworkers Amid COVID-19 Spike

Advocates have warned since the beginning of the pandemic that the 2.4 million farmworkers who plant and harvest the nation’s food live and labor under conditions that make them extremely vulnerable to the novel coronavirus. As the situation in Monterey illustrates, cramped living quarters,... Continue reading >

Community Legal Aid Works to Bring Clarity as Eviction Moratorium Ends

The federal CARES ACT moratorium on evictions for people in subsidized housing, established during the pandemic, is set to expire soon. And that's confusing renters and courts alike. John Petit heads up Community Legal Aid's housing and consumer programs across eight counties. Petit says they... Continue reading >

Evictions Ramp up in Virginia as Local Courts Decline Governor’s Request to Continue Moratorium

Courts around Virginia began working their way through a backlog of more than 12,000 eviction cases last week as a statewide moratorium expired, with many judges apparently declining a last-minute request from Gov. Ralph Northam to continue the stay at the local level. District courts docketed more... Continue reading >

Tenants Worried About Montana's Emergency Housing Assistance Backlog

It's the start of the month, which means housing payments are due for many Montanans. Amid the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus pandemic, there doesn't yet appear to be large spikes in evictions and foreclosures. However, state officials are still having trouble distributing federal... Continue reading >

Overdue Rent and Mortgages Pile up as Florida Eviction Moratorium Extends to August 1

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis extended the freeze on evictions in Florida for at least another 30 days, providing relief to many out-of-work renters, but adding to the struggle of some landlords. A lot of other families, however, are still dealing with financial hardship and could face eviction when... Continue reading >

Akron Municipal Court to Resume Evictions Monday

Akron Municipal Court on Monday will resume eviction hearings for the first time since March. The hearings will be held mostly over Zoom, a video conferencing service, but will be closed to the public. John Petit, a lawyer with Community Legal Aid, said he is concerned there might be an “avalanche... Continue reading >

Community Legal Aid Launches New Project to Curb Eviction Crisis

Community Legal Aid is offering a new program that will provide legal help to renters who are facing or fearful of eviction. Legal Aid is providing an online toolkit that walks renters through the eviction process, helps prepare them for court, and provides template documents they'll need. John... Continue reading >