The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium ends on June 30, and some states will still have local tenants protections in place. But in the vast majority of states, rent assistance – a vital lifeline for millions of people – could come too late, housing advocates say.
“At this point it’s a race against time to try to get money for tenants who need it to keep them in stable housing when the moratorium on evictions expires,” said Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).
In mid-May, 7.49 million American adults said they were not up to date with their rent or mortgage payments and had little or no confidence they could make next month’s payment , according to the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey.
So far, the moratorium on evictions has kept many of these families housed. There were 1.55 million fewer eviction cases last year than what would be filed in a typical year, according to an estimate from the Eviction Lab.
Without the moratorium, they will need access to the $ 46.55 billion in rent assistance allocated by the government to help tenants and landlords – although its distribution has started slowly.