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Rent Moratoriums Are Expiring. What Will It Take To Prevent Mass Evictions?

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A sign promoting a national suspension of rent outside a home in the Mission District of San Francisco on April 18, 2020.

On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out what’s being done to prevent a massive eviction crisis from happening across the country. A backlog of eviction cases is already moving through the court system and it could get worse as unemployment benefits run out.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition's Diane Yentel told the Washington Post that a wave of evictions has already begun. We’re trying to prevent it from becoming a tsunami. The Aspen Institute estimates that up to 23 million renters, or one in five people, are at risk of eviction by the end of September.

 

Guests:

 

Alieza Durana, media strategist with Princeton University’s Eviction Lab

 

Deborah Thrope, deputy director of the National Housing Law Project
 
Web Resources:

Eviction Lab Tracking System

The New York Times, Caitlin Dickerson: Sleeping Outside in a Pandemic: Vulnerable Renters Face Evictions

Mercury News, Louis Hansen: Coronavirus: California landlords begin testing state eviction ban 

CNBC, Alicia Adamczyk:Millions of Americans could face eviction in July—and it could ‘destabilize communities for years to come’

NPR, Chris Arnold: Zoom Call Eviction Hearings: 'They'll Throw Everything I Have Out On The Street'

BuzzFeed, Venessa Wong: My Landlord Is Threatening To Evict Me During A Health And Economic Crisis. What Do I Do?