An Eviction Disaster Is Unfolding within the US and Might Hit 40 Million – NBC Los Angeles

An Eviction Crisis Is Unfolding in the US and May Hit 40 Million – NBC Los Angeles

On Monday, July 27, two days after the eviction moratorium in Maryland ended, Timothy Young, his wife Tammy and their two children Hermione [8] and Negan [2] got up from their duplex. They had received their notice of termination.

Young estimates that he has applied to more than 400 positions in the past few months, and nothing has changed. He was months behind his rent.

Hermione was afraid that they would lose their new kitten without a home. And Tammy wanted to find a way to hold onto the children's favorite toys, like Hermione's dollhouse and Negan's giant T-Rex. Young asked a neighbor to watch their son, daughter, and kitten for the day, while he and Tammy and their dog tried to find shelter that would accommodate them.

Eventually they found one that Tammy and her two children could spend the night with. Young, the kitten and the dog spent the night in a campsite.

"Our main concern is that we don't want to lose our children," said Young. "Are you going to take them because we can't go anywhere?"

Even if the unemployment rate remains at historic highs and the cases of the virus do not subside, the nationwide eviction moratoriums in more than 30 countries have been lifted and the protection of tenants in the CARES law has been lifted.

The Republicans' plan for a second stimulus package, which was launched earlier this week, does not mention that the pause for evictions in properties that are secured by a federal mortgage or where tenants receive government support should be extended. To make matters worse, by July 31, approximately 25 million Americans will no longer receive the federal $ 600 weekly unemployment check. In the end, up to 40 million Americans could lose their homes, four times as much as during the Great Recession.


"The United States is facing the worst housing crisis in history," said Emily Benfer, a clearance expert and visiting law professor at Wake Forest University. "Countless lives are only changed negatively because they cannot bear the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic and the economic recession."

Benfer said the US needed "a nationwide eviction moratorium," coupled with cash support for tenants, so that landlords are not driven into financial ruin.

Nationwide eviction moratoriums were imposed in Germany and Spain for three to six months each, Benfer emphasized. "Instead of providing meaningful help with emergency rentals to prevent a real estate crisis, Congress has offered the equivalent of a towel in a hurricane," she said.

The lawyers contacted by CNBC said they had been flooded with evictions as the moratoriums were lifted.

"Our clearance record is three times higher than last year," said Alexis Erkert, a lawyer with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, adding that she currently represents around 120 families who are at risk of losing their homes. "Now that the CARES law has expired, we are preparing for an ever increasing increase."

Evacuation is already a traumatic event. It's worse in a public health crisis, Erkert said.

"You double with your family, go to an animal shelter, or live on the street," she said. "It will only spread the virus further."

According to a new analysis by global consulting firm Stout Risius Ross, more than 40% of tenant households in the United States are at risk of eviction.

Colored people are particularly at risk. While half of white tenants are very confident of continuing to pay their rent, only 26% of African American tenants could say the same.

On July 25, Alaina Lattin received a clearance notice at her home in Conroe, Texas.

"It was a very loud knock," said the 32-year-old Lattin. "They just kept shouting: & # 39; leasing office! Leasing office! & # 39;"

Now the single mother is worried that she and her four children will become homeless.

Lattin was fired from her position at a car dealership in May and has been unable to find a job since. She estimates that she has applied for more than 100 jobs. "Nobody is hiring," she said. "Everything has just shut down."

She has been unable to tell the news to her children, but expects to do it soon if nothing else happens.

"It's chaos," she added. "Nothing improves outside, but the leasing office continues to advance."

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