Homeless shelters in NJ fear ‘scary’ future once eviction ban ends

New Jersey’s homeless shelters are bracing for an onslaught of new clients after the state’s moratorium on evictions ends later this year.

That could add to the strains on a system that’s already pushed to its limits when the weather worsens and it’s imperative to get people off the streets, shelter operators warned. COVID-fueled limits on space are only adding to the concerns.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation earlier this month that aims to stave off a predicted tsunami of evictions and mass homelessness in the Garden State, growing out of the pandemic’s economic disruption. The law bans landlords from evicting most low-income tenants for missed rent through at least August. It also clears pending eviction cases if renters fill out a form, under penalty of perjury.

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