For the past year, housing advocates have warned of a wave of evictions due to COVID-19, and families are bracing for the impact. The CDC’s eviction moratorium is set to expire on July 31, which means that millions of renters may be displaced from their homes very soon.
In Wake and Johnston counties, there are currently over 25,000 families behind on their rent, with an estimated debt of $2,400 to $3,600 per household. These renters in our community are now forced to come up with a year’s worth of delayed rental payments or face eviction, displacement, and long-term damage to their credit.
Relief is not getting into the hands of families in need
The CARES Act and other rental relief legislation has directed billions of dollars to state and local governments towards rental relief for families impacted by COVID-19. But families in need have struggled to access relief, as only 6.5 percent of aid has been distributed.
The eviction moratorium is intended to serve as a safety net for families who are unable to make their rental payments while they work to access relief funds. Once the moratorium expires, thousands of families may be evicted without the opportunity access the relief that our government has allocated for them.
Use your voice
We want to make sure that local, state, and federal leaders hear the voices and stories of families in Wake and Johnston counties impacted by the expiration of the eviction moratorium. If you or someone you know is at risk of eviction, please fill out this form to share your story and get connected to relief programs or supportive housing.
We still have time to call on our state government to make housing assistance more accessible to North Carolina families. Act now by urging your representative to remove assistance roadblocks from the state budget with the button below.