Approximately 25 million U.S. adults will stop receiving $600 federal uemployment checks from July 31. Under new proposals by Senate Republicans, those benefits would be slashed 43 percent and replaced by a $200 weekly payment through September. That is set to have enormous financial repercussions for millions of hard pressed Americans who have relied on the $600 payment to make ends meet during the economic havoc caused by the pandemic. If that wasn't bad enough, the Federal Eviction Moratorium has also expired, placing renters with federally backed mortgages at risk of eviction. They account for more than a quarter of all U.S. renters.
White House advisor Larry Kudlow did hint at an extension of the provision during an interview on Sunday but its expiration has allowed landlords to file eviction notices, though people cannot be pushed out of their homes for another 30 days at least. Together with the cut in unemployment benefits, a perfect storm is on the horizon for America's renters. An analysis from global advisory firm Stout Risius Ross estimates that over 40 percent of renter households across the country will experience a rental shortfall during the current crisis with close to 12 million people facing eviction over the coming four months alone. 17 million are set to be impacted over the course of the pandemic.
The analysis is based on Household Pulse Data from the middle of July and it found that the situation differs significantly between states. West Virginia has the highest estimated share of renter households facing eviction at nearly 60 percent while Tennessee, Minnesota, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana are all at 50 percent or higher. The lowest risk of eviction is in Vermont where 22 percent of people could lose their homes.