Renters Are Being Forced From Their Homes Despite Eviction Moratoriums Meant to Protect Them

News Story (Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, NATIONAL, Pennsylvania)

Alana Semuels
April 15, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (LOLLAF) (Illinois), Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF), Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), Eviction Lab, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) (DC), Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia


Millions of people in America are under shelter-in-place orders requiring them to stay home whenever possible, but a growing number don’t have that luxury. Their landlords are kicking them out for not paying the rent, despite moratoriums on evictions in more than 30 states and dozens of cities. Legal advocates are doing what they can to protect tenants, but even in states with eviction moratoriums, many renters are not completely protected. This story looks at the problem from multiple angles.