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The COVID-19 eviction moratorium ends July 29.  This will impact people who have benefited from the moratorium.  The housing crisis we are now facing is rooted in housing policies that began in the early 1980’s.

The cost of housing has significantly risen in many large cities. In the United States, many households with low incomes or lacking higher education have had to relocate and find places with inferior construction and design. What public health officials have known even before the passing of the Federal Housing Act of 1949 is that the quality of housing has a great influence on the physical and mental health of individuals and families that make up communities.

The eviction moratorium that is currently in place to help struggling renters will be lifted by July 31, 2021 and can set off another public health crisis. Many Black communities and low-income, less educated person will be now forced to pay rent or be evicted. The stress of this during the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the health of millions of women, children and men. Find out what your state is doing about the lift of the moratorium here.

Source: https://www.nolo.com/evictions-ban

The Census Bureau estimates that seven million American households are behind on their rent. The survey demonstrates that almost four million children could be made homeless because of this rent problem. Mostly Black and Latino households are currently struggling and behind in rent.

Source: https://publicintegrity.org/health/coronavirus-and-inequality/what-you-should-know-about-the-eviction-moratorium/

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