Eviction looms for millions, despite new federal aid package

Thirty-five percent of the households behind on rent or mortgages believe they will be evicted or foreclosed on in the next two months, according to the Census Bureau.

News Story (Louisiana, NATIONAL)

Elaine Povich
Stateline, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 23, 2020

Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium, COVID-19, Housing, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC), National Housing Law Project


With the new federal moratorium set to expire in just over a month, and some state moratoriums already lifted, the winter is shaping up to be a dire one for renters and homeowners. Many of them could end up on the street. Julie Ray lives in a mobile home in Pearl River, Louisiana, with her two teenage daughters, Jerilynn and Jasmine. Her mother, Barbara, used to live there too, but she had a stroke before the pandemic hit and had to move to a nursing home. In May, she died there, from COVID-19. Ray lost her job at a local grocery store in March. Now she can’t pay her $700 a month rent and – along with millions of others who live in rental housing – is in danger of eviction.