U.S. Renters Owe $21.5 Billion in Back Rent; Republicans Offer No Eviction Relief

News Story (NATIONAL)

New York Times (NYT), Reuters News Service, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 29, 2020
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View eviction estimation tool developed by Stout Risius Ross.

Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Public Justice Center (PJC), National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC)


Every year, about 2.3 million American renter households receive eviction papers at some point. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we might see that many evictions in one month. Global advisory firm Stout, Risius and Ross estimated on Wednesday (see above for link to eviction estimation tool) that more than $21.5 billion in past-due rent is looming over Americans struggling to make ends meet. In the meantime, Republicans and Democrats are fighting over a new COVID-19 relief package.¬†Without a solution soon, the likely result “will be a staggering surge in homelessness unlike anything we have seen,” said John Pollock, a Public Justice Center attorney and coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC), which helped develop the eviction tracking tool with Stout, Risius and Ross.