Hurricane Ida aftermath merges with evictions, creating ‘astronomical impact’ on housing crisis
Days after Hurricane Ida slammed into the Louisiana Coastline and wreaked havoc along the U.S.’s Eastern seaboard, the scope of the devastation is only starting to be revealed — and may amplify a crisis that’s put millions of renters at risk of eviction.
This week, Ida’s remnants unleashed dangerous flash floods and tornadoes across the Northeastern states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, triggering state-wide emergencies.
With recovery efforts underway, thousands are likely to be out of shelter for weeks or even months. It has thrown into stark relief the Supreme Court’s decision last week to end a federal eviction moratorium, and amplified the struggles of countless working class tenants — which a number of observers say are the most vulnerable to extreme weather events linked to climate change.