The Eviction Crisis Is Already Here

Without rent relief from Congress, the recent wave of evictions could become a tsunami, according to housing advocates.

June 25, 2020, 12:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, took to Twitter this week to share news on the growing number of evictions around the country—an outcome feared since the outset of the pandemic. A clear narrative that emerges from the examples Yentel gathers from around the country: the eviction crisis we've been warned about since March is actually already here.

Yentel's response to this wave of bad news for U.S. renters is clear, calling on Congress to approve the housing relief actions included in the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act) approved by the House in May and waiting for Senate action, which includes a broad eviction moratorium, $100 billion in rent relief, and $11.5 billion for homeless programs.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in Diane Yentel via Twitter

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