Kate Wolf, Lawrence Crawford, Vanessa discussed on Morning Edition

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Here's Kate wolf from member station KQED After 18 months of protections legislators say there isn't political will to extend the eviction moratorium But people won't be kicked out right away As the deadline approaches California governor Gavin Newsom points to a grace period in the expiring law for low income tenants who apply for rental assistance They are eviction protections that deny any court action through a period that extends through March 31st of 2022 However according to census data from this month over 900,000 Californians feel not at all confident that they will be able to pay rent this October Lawrence Crawford and his wife Vanessa are among them Before the pandemic Vanessa worked in a salon and Lawrence was a restaurant server They've been struggling too with trying to get unemployment from the state We're trying to feed ourselves We kind of like you know take care of stuff We're trying to work with the cost of money to do all these things but unemployment's not there The two live in downtown San Jose with their son After months of struggling to pay their rent in piecemeal they applied for the state's rent relief program this summer But they haven't received anything and rent is coming due We have to pay it by the 5th And I don't think we're going to have it So the poly expects the eviction process In all the owe $23,000 in back rent Technically since the crawfords are still waiting for rent relief they can't be evicted yet California has only given out a small percentage of the $7.2 billion it's set aside for aid State and local governments have been extremely slow to distribute the funds but a spokesperson with the state agency overseeing the process says it's speeding up Meanwhile both renters and landlords are feeling the crunch Deborah Carlton with the California apartment association advocates for property owners She says although landlords don't want to proceed with constantly evictions they might have to The state and the local governments have been given plenty of time to figure out how to make this work I mean now into 18 months of many owners not getting any money Carlton points out that landlords have mortgage payments too and more than half of them are mom and pop businesses Despite assurances from the governor come October 1st an uncertain future awaits both renters and landlords Friend PR news I'm Kate wolf in Oakland While travel restrictions have eased many ski resorts are now struggling to find enough workers The problem has been simmering for years in resort towns but the pandemic has made it worse Not a keck of Vermont public radio reports Like so Amano walks through a room full of mountain bikes.

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