Millions of renters are facing the prospect of eviction : The Indicator from Planet Money Millions of renters in the US are facing the prospect of eviction from their homes.

The Looming Eviction Crisis

The Looming Eviction Crisis

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 10: Protesters supporting the rent freeze gather in Chinatown on August 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
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Millions — and possibly tens of millions — of renters throughout the US are in a parlous position. The loss of jobs and income for so many of these renters has left the country with a possible evictions crisis that could have catastrophic consequences both for the renters themselves, and also for the whole economy.

The issue has been complicated by the loss of expanded unemployment benefits, the end of moratoriums on evictions in at least 24 states, and the expiry of a moratorium from the Federal Government that prevented evictions from many apartment units that it subsidizes.

Today we'll talk to one person about what it's like to face eviction, and get a sense of the scale of this impending crisis.

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