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Thousands of Kansas Renters Face Eviction but Help Is Available



UPDATE: CDC Issues New Eviction Ban for Most of U.S. Through October 3, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP/KPR) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new moratorium on evictions that would last until October 3. The Biden administration is trying to quell intensifying criticism that it was allowing vulnerable renters to lose their homes during a pandemic. The new moratorium (issued the week of August 2, 2021) could help keep millions in their homes as the coronavirus delta variant has spread and states have been slow to release federal rental aid. It would temporarily halt evictions in counties with "substantial and high levels" of virus transmissions and would cover areas where 90% of the U.S. population lives.  The eviction reprieve is designed to give tenants more time to pay back rent to landlords. 

(Earlier reporting...)

As many as 24,000 Kansans who rent their homes may be faced with eviction notices in the next few days. The CDC's moratorium on evictions will be lifted Saturday (July 31), which could result in residents who are behind on their rent being forced to find a new place to live. But millions of dollars are now available to help both Kansas tenants and landlords. KPR's J. Schafer spoke about the situation with Ryan Vincent, executive director of the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.

That's Ryan Vincent, executive director of the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation. He was speaking with KPR's J. Schafer about a program to help Kansas residents pay for rent and utilities. Learn more by logging on to kshousingcorp.org.

J. Schafer is the News Director of Kansas Public Radio. He’s also the Managing Editor of the Kansas Public Radio Network, which provides news and information to other public radio stations in Kansas and Missouri.