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August 12, 2020

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Rent Relief Now

Millions who are out of work due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic now face the double threat of eviction. Roughly one-third of those living in rental households — or 30-40 million people — are at risk of eviction according to an analysis by the Covid-19 Eviction Defense Project and the Aspen Institute. Black and Latinx renters make up nearly 80% of this group.

A federal moratorium on evictions ended July 24. Republicans in Congress and President Trump — whose family wealth was built on rent payments from lower income families — have shown an unwillingness to take up the issue. At the same time, many state and local governments are facing budget shortfalls due to the pandemic that limit their ability to provide direct rent relief.

A patchwork of eviction moratoriums in states and counties offer temporary safety. But without rent relief, many jobless renters will face heavy debt to pay back rent and late fees when they do find new jobs.

Resources: The Opportunity Agenda’s three pillars of economic opportunityTalking About Economic Justice, and On Disparate Impact: Inclusive Communities Supreme Court argument (2015); COVID-19 Tenant Organizing Materials (Right to Counsel NYC Coalition);  

Hashtag: #RentReliefNow

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