An unprecedented eviction crisis will soon hit the U.S.
On July 31, the federal moratorium on evictions in properties with federally backed mortgages and for tenants who receive government-assisted housing expired. The Urban Institute estimated that provision covered nearly 30% of the country’s rental units.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on July 26 that he would extend that moratorium, but these tenants are now unprotected from eviction. At the same time, some 25 million Americans will stop receiving the $600 weekly federal unemployment checks by July 31.
And most of the statewide eviction moratoriums are winding down.
The proceedings have resumed in more than 30 states.The moratorium in Hawaii and Illinois end this week, and in August, evictions will pick up in New York and Nevada.
By one estimate, some 40 million Americans could be evicted during the public health crisis.
“It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen,” said John Pollock, coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel.
In 2016, there were 2.3 million evictions, Pollock said. “There could be that many evictions in August,” he said.
Some states will be harder hit than others, Stout found.
For example, nearly 60% of renters in West Virginia are at risk of eviction, compared to 22% in Vermont.
In Kansas, 34% of rental households are at risk, while in Missouri, the rate is 48%, according to the data.
People of color are especially vulnerable. While almost half of White tenants say they’re highly confident they can continue to pay their rent, just 26% of African-American tenants could say the same.
Around half of Hispanic tenants said they have little to no confidence they’ll be able to stay in their homes.
“We know evictions have always had a disproportionate impact on tenants of color due to discrimination and lack of wealth,” Pollock said.
“But when you look at this gap between people who can pay their rent and people who can’t, it’s almost hard to put into words how bad the inequality will become absent some major intervention.”