What is Eviction Defense, and How Can It Help Renters During The Pandemic?
With the CDC’s eviction moratorium expiring, many communities are taking matters into their own hands.
Now that the US Supreme Court has blocked the CDC’s eviction moratorium, millions of renters across the United States are facing potential homelessness and financial ruin amidst the resurgent COVID-19 pandemic.
Combined with the recent termination of federal unemployment benefits, the ending of the moratorium marks a new period of vulnerability for many Americans who have struggled to pay rent and afford basic necessities during the pandemic.
“It’s not going to be explosive. It’s going to be death by a thousand cuts,” said Leonardo Vilchis, a volunteer with the Los Angeles Tenants Union.
Financial analysts estimate that anywhere from several million to 40 million people may soon be forced out of their homes. With most state eviction moratoriums also expiring, advocates and health experts now fear an unprecedented wave of evictions that will drive up unhoused populations while creating conditions that increase the spread of COVID-19.