Rent Relief

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Maine Approves Rent Relief Program

Legislators hope the assistance program will help struggling low-income households avoid eviction.

April 23, 2024 - The Portland Press Herald

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Quantifying the Impact of Pandemic Housing Assistance

The massive federal injection of funding into housing programs has had major impacts on many Americans’ ability to stay housed and out of debt, but fears loom as the end of some funding sources nears.

October 20, 2023 - Route Fifty

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New Los Angeles Rent Relief Program Targets Pandemic Debt

The program prioritizes the lowest-income tenants who accrued debt during the early part of the pandemic.

September 25, 2023 - LAist

Rent Jubilee

Opinion: Californians Need Extended Rent Relief

With the pandemic-era rent relief program ending, many California households are still struggling to pay back their rent debt and find affordable housing.

June 6, 2022 - CALmatters

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Emergency Assistance Has Helped Renters, but Hurdles Remain

Research shows pandemic rent relief programs made a significant difference for struggling renters.

April 8, 2022 - Joint Center for Housing Studies

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Michigan Bill To Inject Nearly $5 Billion in Infrastructure, Housing

A bill signed by the state's governor, Gretchen Whitmer, allocates billions in federal and state funding to water quality, roads and dams, broadband, and other infrastructure projects.

April 1, 2022 - Detroit Free Press

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California's Extended Tenant Protections a Mixed Bag

While state lawmakers rush to pass extended eviction protection for struggling Californians, tenant advocates say the new law could nullify local rent relief initiatives and exclude tenants who miss the application deadline.

March 30, 2022 - CALmatters

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Philadelphia 'Diversion Program' Prevents Evictions Through Mediation

A program that provides mediation between landlords and tenants has helped a majority of applicants avoid eviction, signaling a promising avenue for renter assistance as landlords seek to recoup COVID-era losses.

March 4, 2022 - Next City

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As Rental Assistance Ends, Houston Sees Eviction Filings Rise

More Houston households face evictions as landlords seek to recover back rent accrued during the last two years of the pandemic.

January 20, 2022 - The Houston Chronicle

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Opinion: The Housing Crisis Isn't Going Away With the Pandemic

As the housing crisis rages on, the housing assistance infrastructure put in place during the pandemic can provide a model for long-term aid programs.

November 30, 2021 - Governing

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As Rent Relief Efforts Drag on, Treasury is Redistributing Funds

"This is not about reward and punishment … It’s about speeding up effective relief for families in need of housing security and eviction protection."

November 4, 2021 - Shelterforce Magazine

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750,000 Evictions Predicted as Moratoria End

Analysts from Goldman Sachs predict a wave of evictions as eviction moratoriums end with millions of households still behind on rent.

September 6, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Rents Rise in New York City Even as Eviction Crisis Mounts

Although many tenants are still waiting for rental assistance funds to avoid eviction, rents are rising steadily in the city's wealthiest boroughs.

August 27, 2021 - The New York Times

Rent Jubilee

U.S. Rent Debt Estimated at More Than $21 Billion

The National Equity Atlas has been tracking national rent debt, which takes on new meaning since the federal eviction moratorium expired at the end of July.

August 17, 2021 - Marketwatch

Rent Jubilee

Landlords Filing Evictions to Speed Rent Relief Funds

Because many rent relief programs prioritize tenants actively facing eviction, some Ohio landlords are using eviction to speed up the process.

August 9, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Emergency Rental Relief Gaining Momentum in Some States

Rental assistance spending in June surpassed the entire year's total so far, but there's still a long way to go.

July 25, 2021 - The Washington Post

Rent Jubilee

Survey Measures Consequences of the Pandemic for Small Landlords

A new survey reveals details about the financial crunch facing owners of small rental properties as tenants struggle to pay rent during the pandemic and emergency aid is slow to reach those in need.

July 20, 2021 - Terner Center for Housing Innovation

COVID-19 Eviction Crisis

$425 Million in Rent Relief Never Reached Those in Need

A damning investigation reveals the immense financial resources that states could have spent on rent relief but failed to do so, whether willfully or not.

June 29, 2021 - The Center for Public Integrity

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Census: 7 Million Americans Are Behind on Rent

With the federal eviction moratorium due to expire at the end of the month and rent relief programs failing to reach those who need it most, an eviction crisis still looms.

June 13, 2021 - NPR

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Improving Racial Equity via Emergency Rental Assistance

Five ways to ensure that rental assistance reaches communities of color with high levels of need.

May 30, 2021 - Shelterforce Magazine

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