When safeguards are removed, evictions increase all over the United States.
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As safeguards are eroded, evictions increase nationally. According to ABC, the number of eviction notices filed across the country has been steadily increasing in recent months, and may have even surpassed levels seen before the pandemic. Truthfully, I only see the very beginning of the problem here. Executive director of the Colorado Poverty Law Project Shannon MacKenzie told ABC that the organization’s eviction numbers are rising at an alarming rate each month and that she does not expect this trend to change anytime soon. Millions of people were able to stay in their homes throughout the pandemic thanks to eviction moratoria and $46.5 billion in federal Emergency Rental Assistance. Several cities have higher than normal eviction rates now that most of these housing measures have ended. The eviction rate in Minneapolis-St. Paul increased by 91% in June, as reported by The Eviction Lab. At the same time, Las Vegas saw growth of 56%, Hartford, CT saw growth of 32%, and Jacksonville, FL saw growth of 17%. The number of eviction notices filed in Maricopa County in July was the highest it has been in 13 years, according to county officials. Zillow reports that rents have increased by nearly 25% year-over-year as of March 2019. The rental vacancy rate is now at a 35-year low of 5.8%, according to data from the Census Bureau. Furthermore, rental vacancy rates have dropped to a 35-year low of just 5.8%, according to data from the Census Bureau. Marie Claire Tran-Leung, project director of the eviction initiative at the National Housing Law Project, told ABC that landlords are increasing rent to levels that make it nearly impossible for tenants to remain in their homes. A large number of those families will be forced to relocate unless more safeguards are put in place, which is not the case in all states. From ABC News: National Housing Law Project’s Director of the Eviction Initiative, Marie Claire Tran-Leung
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