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Maricopa County constable Darlene Martinez evicts a tenant on October 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Thousands of court-ordered evictions continue nationwide despite a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) moratorium for renters impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Eviction Prevention Programs Are Racing Against A Moratorium Clock

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Efforts Increase To Speed Up Rental Assistance Distribution Before Moratorium Ends

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Tasharn Richardson's 11-year-old son, Lionel, helps unload the moving truck at their new home in Washington, D.C. To Tasharn, having a house to call her own always seemed like someone else's dream. Dee Dwyer for NPR hide caption

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A Black-White Housing Gap Persists, But One D.C. Woman Persevered And Won

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A homeless man pushes his belongings along a Los Angeles street. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Marcia Fudge Picked To Head U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

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Senate Rules Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., presides Tuesday over a markup of the For the People Act, which would expand access to voting and make other election reforms. House Democrats passed the bill in March. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Some families wait years to get a housing voucher only to find out many landlords won't accept them. Beck Harlan hide caption

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Government Housing Vouchers Are Hard To Get, And Hard To Use

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Why Government Housing Vouchers Can Be Difficult To Use

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Several residents of the Southern Towers apartment complex in Alexandria, Va., briefly had a campaign asking the landlord to "cancel" rent during the pandemic. Tyrone Turner/WAMU hide caption

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Virginia Immigrants Hit Hard By Pandemic Fear Eviction, Housing Squeeze

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Tenants In Northern Virginia Apartment Complex Worry About Eviction

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A crowd attends a rally as part of the 2021 Missouri Voting Rights Lobby Day at the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., on March 31. The Republican-led House approved a bill that would impose strict photo ID and other requirements on voting. Jacob Moscovitch for NPR hide caption

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Missouri's Long Fight Over Voting Rules Is Now Part Of A Larger National Battle

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Missouri's Deep Partisan Divide Over Who Has Access To Voting Polls

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Homeless individuals sleep near a National Guard truck ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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HUD: Growth Of Homelessness During 2020 Was 'Devastating,' Even Before The Pandemic

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