Wichita Renters Face Looming Eviction

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 future of extra unemployment benefits during the pandemic has been in doubt as Congress debates further assistance.  

The moratoriums made a big difference in the number of evictions early on during the pandemic, said Steve Minson, a staff attorney in Wichita with Kansas Legal Services. Minson said evictions are still below the pace of filings in pre-pandemic months. He doesn’t think it will stay that way for long, though. 

“Unless we get a new moratorium, I think it’s going to easily exceed those numbers in the next few weeks,” he said of the local eviction filings.

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