Monthly Archives: May 2020
The Texas state supreme court just ended its stay on evictions for nonpayment of rent, and other states will soon follow suit, with the federal government cheering them on rather than taking up the slack. Thrown out onto the street, evictees will have to join the currently unhoused (well over half a million people), crowd into homeless shelters, or beg friends or family for living space, creating a rise in Covid-19 infections while houses and apartments stand empty. With unemployment at 40% or higher and unemployment benefits unavailable to many and stopping at some point for the rest, this crisis will only get worse. If landlords are hurting that much financially — and some may be — they need federal assistance in order to continue the moratorium on evictions — unlikely to come from the Trump administration or a Republican-controlled Senate. A second Trump term will only intensify this insanity, and a Biden presidency probably won’t do enough to change it. We need to dump the millionaire politicians and create a system that works for all of us.