End of eviction moratorium, rising home prices threaten new wave of homeless

As Florida courts struggle to catch up with the backlog of eviction cases that were on hold over the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more Brevard residents living close to the edge of poverty are finding themselves in danger of losing the roof over their head with nowhere to go.

The federal eviction moratorium issued in response to the novel coronavirus ended on Aug. 26, marking a return to landlords moving to push people out of their homes because they’ve fallen behind on rent or run afoul of their housing contract.

Now adding to the problem, according to homeless advocates and legal experts concerned about a sudden spike in homelessness on the Space Coast, is that a big increase in local home and rental prices is pushing many people out of the housing market.

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