'Where Is the Money?': Millions Risk Eviction on Tardy US Aid
‘Where Is the Money?’: Millions Risk Eviction on Tardy U.S. Aid
Bloomberg News ,
(Bloomberg) -- Sharon Oser has been trying for months to get government assistance to pay rent. But 10 days before a federal eviction moratorium expires, the Louisiana resident has yet to see a single penny.
Like millions of Americans, Oser, who has not worked since an injury in October 2019, worries she will soon lose her home despite billions in unspent aid passed by Congress and distributed to programs nationwide during the Covid-19 pandemic.
States and local jurisdictions, whose disparate programs have been mired in bureaucracy and communications problems, have disbursed just a fraction of the $47 billion in federal funding enacted since December to help struggling renters pay their housing costs and landlords recoup lost revenue.
Localities, at the same time, risk losing at least some of that funding altogether if they don’t get the bulk of it into the hands of Americans before October.
Oser, 47, applied for aid through Jefferson Parish after Louisiana received more than $300 million in federal rent …
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