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As Pandemic Renter Protections Expire, Wave of Evictions Could Follow

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Yellow final notice of eviction on wood door
Eviction Notice  (Bill Oxford via Getty Images)

Millions of renters could face evictions now that rental relief programs and bans on evictions have expired, or will soon. Those government programs targeted people who lost income during the pandemic, but many Californians have yet to recover financially and owe thousands in back rent. Even under existing programs, more than 135,000 households in California, nearly a third of the total, had their rent relief applications rejected, according to CalMatters. All of that along with rents creeping back up to pre-pandemic levels,  could make way for a wave of new evictions. We’ll talk about vulnerable tenants and what local, state and federal agencies could do to help.

Guests:

Erin Baldassari, housing affordability reporter, KQED; co-host, "SOLD OUT: Rethinking Housing in America" podcast<br />

Manuela Tobias, housing reporter, CalMatters<br />

Bonnie Bertram, producer and writer, Retro Report; partnered with Frontline, documentary "Facing Eviction" debuts on July 26.

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