November 7, 2022

Evictions pile up as Covid-era protections end, rents climb

by Kap Stann in Article

NBC News: Eviction filings have been on the rise and were above their historical averages in half of the 1,059 counties tracked by Legal Services Corp., a federally-funded legal aid group, during either August or September. The problem is expected to get worse in the coming months as federal rental assistance money runs out and people are unable to keep pace with rising rents and decades-high inflation, according to interviews with more than a dozen housing advocates, government officials and industry experts.

“Now that rental assistance is over, and now that local moratoriums are over, we’re playing catch-up to what the pandemic did, and my biggest fear is the cliff that we’ve been all anticipating is here. From here on out, it’s going to be a very, very difficult time,” said Tim Thomas, research director at the Urban Displacement Project at the University of California, Berkeley. “I don’t want to be a doom and gloom person, but we’re probably about to see the worst of what’s about to happen.”

Tim Thomas was a co-PI on a DTI-funded project in 2020, “Housing Precarity, Eviction, and Inequality in the Wake of COVID-19,” led by Karen Chapple, now professor emerita of City & Regional Planning at UC Berkeley and Director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto.