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14% of apartment renters are behind in their rent

  • Even as the Covid pandemic fades, more than 14% of renters are behind on their housing payments, according to an analysis by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
  • That means millions could be at risk of eviction when the national moratorium expires this month.
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More than 10 million Americans, or 14% of U.S. renters, say they aren’t caught up with their housing payments, meaning many could be at risk when the national moratorium on evictions expires in under a month.

That finding comes from data collected by the Census Bureau between May 12 and 24 and analyzed by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The CBPP also found that more than 26% of Americans continue to have trouble meeting their usual expenses, and around 9% couldn’t afford enough food.

With so many renters still behind, the number of evictions could rise steeply when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium lifts on June 30. That protection will have been in place for 10 months.

Although the policy hasn’t reached all renters, it’s reduced the normal number of eviction filings over the same time period by at least a half, according to Peter Hepburn, an assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University-Newark and a research fellow at The Eviction Lab.

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