Report: Black and Hispanic renters have tougher time paying rent under eviction moratorium

According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, Black and Hispanic renters face harsher financial hardship than their white counterparts in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Since January 2021, the U.S. Treasury Department has provided up to $25 billion in emergency rental assistance as part of the federal government’s eviction moratorium.

Around half of Black and Hispanic renters said they do not have confidence that they would pay their next rent payment, whereas a quarter of white renters shared the same concerns, according to a Census Bureau survey.

The GAO examined 63 jurisdictions and found that the rate of eviction filings dropped by 74 percent by the end of July when the moratorium under the CARES ACT expired than in the same period the year before.

According to GAO, the data shows that people do not fully understand how to use the CDC moratorium and that the agency needs to do a better job at informing people.

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