Yes, it really is going to get THAT bad; Eviction moratorium ending
The federal eviction moratorium ends tomorrow and Congress has gone home for the next six weeks. The disaster that is about to strike the working class is going to shake American society to its core, and no one seems to care.
The numbers are mind-bogglingly large.
Roughly 12.7 million renters told the census in late June and early July that they had no or slight confidence in being able to make next month’s rent payment.
This pain won’t be felt equally across the US. States with weak renter protections, such as Florida, are bracing for an “avalanche” of evictions while the federal moratorium’s expiration won’t be noticed in states with stronger protections, such as Washington.
...Florida eviction cases move quickly and fighting them is hard. Just to get a court hearing, tenants have to pay the full back rent owed within five days of the eviction filing.
There is a tendency to think "Well, those numbers can't be real. We can't be really looking at millions of people being evicted all at once." The reality is that the eviction notices have in some cases already been filed.
Even with the moratorium in place, property owners across the country have filed almost half a million eviction petitions.
So if there's 500,000 evictions in place during the moratorium, you can bet that number will jump maybe 10 times over, or more, with no moratorium.
Believe it or not, it's actually worse than that.
A few months after COVID-19 hit, as the Digging Deeper team first told you, the city started using federal CARES Act money to temporarily move some of the most vulnerable into hotels, and provide food, transportation, and other services.
“Our numbers went way down, and I wish it didn't take a pandemic for that to happen, because I think it's totally a real thing that can happen,” Flagg told the Digging Deeper team
But the hotel program ended last month, and with the federal eviction moratorium also set to run out at the end of this month, Flagg said he fears the impact on the most vulnerable in our community.
Tucson wasn't the only city that housed the homeless because of COVID, and thus thousands of people will be pushed back onto the streets in the coming weeks, and these people aren't even counted in the eviction numbers.
Speaking of COVID, the gaps in the federal eviction moratorium cost the lives of 10,7000 people.
I know what you are thinking. There's no way that this country will allow 10 million people to suddenly become homeless. That would be insane, right? Something will happen to stop this disaster from striking.
To put this into perspective, the last nationwide survey of the homeless counted around 600,000. So imagine the horrible homeless problem in this country getting 5-to-10 times worse almost overnight. Hard to imagine, right?
Well, consider what major cities around the country have done in just the past few months.
LA City Council Approves Sweeping Ordinance to Restrict Homeless Encampments
Denver’s urban camping ban will get national spotlight
Bill would establish homeless camping areas, make it illegal for people to sleep on the street in Arizona
Austinites Ban Public Homeless Camps
'War on the poor': Las Vegas's homelessness crackdown takes effect
Santa Ana relies too heavily on bans and criminalization
Portland will begin removing 10 to 15 homeless camps weekly
Citing people for helping the homeless on Charlotte’s streets is just plain wrong
To be fair, the Nationwide War On The Poor And Homeless didn't just start this summer. It's been bad for at least a decade, if not much longer.
But at the same time, do you think that it's just a coincidence that so many communities are gearing up to go full-on fascist against the homeless just as the eviction moratorium is expiring?
I certainly don't.