Stateline, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 26, 2020
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC)
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.