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Across the country, 65% of tenants who owe back rent have not applied for rental assistance. Of those who have applied, 4% have received assistance, 12% have been denied and 22% are still waiting.

A measure moving through the U.S. House of Representatives would allow landlords to apply without tenant approval for federal aid to cover back rent they are owed - more than 6 million households owed some $16.8 billion in rent debt, according to census data from early August. Read more»

Magistrate Amy J. Mikell listens to an eviction hearing during housing court at North Area Magistrate Court 1 in Charleston, South Carolina in July.

Across the country, as many as 1 in 5 renters say they have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic, and for families who have no financial safety net to fall back on, the economic consequences of the coronavirus have pushed them to the precipice of homelessness. Read more»

President Joe Biden has acknowledged that the latest moratorium might not hold up in court, but said that it was worth a try.

The D.C. Circuit Court served defeat Friday to a group of landlords and realtors challenging the CDC’s fourth extension of the eviction ban - a decision that keeps the fourth extension of the moratorium alive pending a Supreme Court review primed to go a bit differently. Read more»

A  Jan, 2021 protest for rent relief by housing advocates.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked a federal judge Friday to enter an administrative stay of a case fighting its eviction moratorium, after a group of landlords asked the judge to immediately halt the new moratorium on Wednesday. Read more»

Experts say signs like this one could become more common as state and national moratoriums on evictions in the face of COVID-19 are lifted.

The federal ban on evictions amid COVID-19 has been extended multiple times and may be about to enter its final month, and the country is facing what could be the worst housing crisis in decades. Read more»