Charles White, Julianna Sandridge, Emily Ben discussed on All Things Considered
Are facing more stress and anxiety brought on literally by the roof over their heads, especially renters. According to our latest Marketplace. Edison Research poll. 18% of renters in this country have missed at least one payment in the past six months. That's compared to 14% of homeowners. Brenda is also tend to work in occupations that have been a big that have been hit harder by shutdowns like hospitality in retail, and they have fewer protections as well. Marketplaces Amy Scott reports that leaves a lot of people asked risk of losing their housing during a public health crisis. Charles White runs an ice cream truck business in Memphis, Tennessee, boss creams spelled with a Z and he says, compared to this time last year, there have been down even in the heat of summer. He says. Fear of the Corona virus kept a lot of customers away. He had to idle two of his three trucks and lay off three workers. His wife just had hip surgery and can't work. And now that the weather's getting cooler man, there's no second job, but I can't do nothing until my wife you know, able to give a little love around. White is one of the nearly 20% of people in our poll, who said they'd missed a rent payment in the past six months. 64% nearly two thirds fear they'll miss one in the future. White is three months behind. His landlord is an old friend, so he's been patient. Anthony Pinos. Landlord has not these even been charging me late fees. He raised my rent on. Although Pino runs a tile business in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, which had to shut down for a few months when the state put a halt on most construction. He's been back at work since June, but says business is still half what it should be this time of year. Now, two months behind on rent, Pino says he may have to find another place to live. Only my landlord are going to go to court because I know we can't evicted right now with this pandemic going on, But I don't know what's going on. Right now. A national moratorium on evictions from the CDC protects renters from being removed from their homes if they can't pay But Emily Ben for a law professor at Wake Forest University, says the Trump administration is allowing property owners to start the eviction process by filing with the court. And in doing this, they thwarted the purpose of the order itself. To prevent the spread of covert 19. She says. Many renters will do anything to avoid the eviction system. So the moment they receive a notice they leave. And that's what starts the crowded living environments. That's what starts the increased contact with others in that inability to social distance in the 17 cities tracked by the eviction lab landlords have filed for more than 60,000 evictions during the pandemic. And Ben for says when the CDC moratorium expires at the end of December. We can expect that evictions will increase to unseen heights. Even when the rent does get paid often something else doesn't back In June, we talked to Julianna Sandridge from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma outside Tulsa. She'd lost her job and was facing eviction. While she waited for unemployment benefits to come through. They finally did. But in order to catch up on her rent, she missed utility bills. My water was shut off for about 2.5 3 weeks. Maybe my leg has been shall probably three or four times. For a few days at a time. Sandridge has four kids still at home in a 15 month old granddaughter. She still hasn't found a new job. I've gained weight from just stress. I've broke out. I can't sleep. You know, It's not so much. I'm worried about myself because I could get by, but I know you don't want that for your Children. She's counting on.