Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The government is fixing the federal rental aid program, but funds are still slow to reach renters

From NBC News, SouthLake Podcast, October 26

The Biden administration is greasing the wheels of the struggling federal rental aid program, but many renters are still being left out.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program was born out of the Covid relief bill that Congress passed in December to help low- and moderate-income households behind on their rent and utilities. In the early months of the program, the money was slow to flow; federal data show that the pace of emergency rental aid going to tenants has increased in recent months. However, experts said, renters continue to face major hurdles, including technology barriers, overcomplicated rules in different states and cities, long wait times and burdensome processes.

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