Jun 11, 2021
A massive wave of evictions could be coming. Who's at risk?
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People and students from Worker's Circle of Boston and members of City Life Vida Urbana protest to rally support behind house bill HD3030, which seeks to stop evictions during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on March 14, 2021.Jim Davis | Boston Globe | Getty Images
Sabrina Floyd doesn't know where she and her 3-year-old daughter Emeri will go if they're evicted from their house in Las Vegas at the end of June.
After months of unemployment because of the pandemic, the single mother finally found remote work for a loan company and is also in the process of applying for financial assistance to cover her rental arrears.
But it may all be too late.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's national eviction ban lifts in 20 days.
"I can't afford a hotel," Floyd, 27, said. "And you can only be there for so long. Then where do you go?"
She fears the recent progress she's made will be wiped away. "If I'm working from home, and I lose my home, I have nothing," she said. "It looks dark right now as far as the future."Sabrina Floyd and her daughter, Emeri.Courtesy of Sabrina Floyd
An unprecedented wave of evictions could come crashing down on the U.S. when the CDC's national eviction moratorium expires at the end of this month. The ban was first issued in September, 2020 under the Trump administration and President Joe Biden has since extended it twice.
There's no sign that he will do so again.
Even as the pandemic fades and signs of normalcy return, more than 10 million Americans, or 14% of U.S. renters, are still behind on their housing payments, according to a recent analysis by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
And more than 40% of those who are behind say it's "somewhat likely" or "very likely" that they'll have to leave their homes in the next two months due to eviction.
The CDC's eviction moratorium has faced numerous legal challenges and landlords have criticized the policy, saying they can't afford to house people for free or shoulder the country's massive rental arrears, which could be as high as $70 billion.
Yet housing advocates say the ban is lifting at a terrible time for both property owners and tenants alike. States are scrambling to distribute the $45 billion in rental assistance allocated by Congress. That funding is unprecedented: Renters were given just $1.5 billion during the Great Recession, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
"We're just getting to a point where jurisdictions are getting the money out the door to tenants and landlords," said Ann Oliva, a senior fellow on the housing team at The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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For example, DeKalb County in Georgia has distributed just 3.5% of its rental assistance funds as of this month.
"We need to let this moratorium stay in place until we spend all this money," Mark Melton, a lawyer who has been representing tenants in Dallas, told CNBC in May.
"If you bail out the renter, that means you bailed out the landlord," he said.Who's at risk?
Eviction rates will likely be higher in some states than others.
For example, 26% of renters are behind on their housing payments in Mississippi, compared with 7% in Oregon, according to the CBPP's analysis.Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards
In an interview last month, Alicia Mazzara, a senior research analyst on the housing policy team at the CBPP, said there are multiple reasons for those disparities.
"Some states already faced greater housing affordability problems before the pandemic," she said.
"Another likely factor would be the state's economy – for example, we know that the pandemic has caused job losses to be very concentrated in the restaurant and hospitality sector," Mazzara added. "Jobs most affected by the pandemic may make up a larger share of some state economies than others."VIDEO13:2613:26How evictions work in the U.S.Markets and Politics Digital Original Video
Across the country, Black renters are more than twice nearly as likely to be behind on their rent than white renters. "The pandemic has exacerbated racial inequities," Mazzara said.
Households with children are also twice as likely to report struggles paying their rent than households without them. "Folks with children need to rent bigger homes and apartments, which are more expensive," Mazzara said.
Single parents who are renters, the majority of which are women, face some of the highest hardship rates, with more than 26% saying they're not caught up on their rent.
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Off-duty cop, 33, is beaten with a stick and punched by three men in the Bronx amid NYC crime wave
Video released by the NYPD shows the 33-year-old off-duty officer talking to two men on a street corner at about 11.40am Monday, apparently in a heated argument.
One of the men, wearing a blue tie-dyed shirt, then starts punching the victim, as the other, who is shirtless, grabs him.
Surveillance video released by the NYPD showed an off-duty police officer being beaten with a stick and punched by at least three attackers in the Bronx on Monday
Two men are seen pushing and grabbing the victim as another shirtless man watches
A third suspect then appears on the footage and hits the off-duty officer with a blue stick
They are later seen pushing and grabbing the victim, when a third assailant appears on camera and hits the victim with a blue stick.
Another shirtless man watched the attack, but did not appear to get involved.
As the officer tries to walk away from the scene, the three assailants are seen following him.
Witnesses said the officer got into a verbal dispute with the men prior to the physical altercation. They said they were unaware that the victim was a police officer, as he was wearing plain clothes.
The officer suffered pain to his head, back and knees, and was taken to a local hospital, where he is said to be conscious and alert, ABC 7 reports.
The NYPD is now looking for the suspects involved, telling ABC 7 there were at least six members of the group that attacked the victim, and they fled on foot.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told New York 1 News on Tuesday that the attack 'is very much under investigation by the detective squad of the 41st precinct.'
He added that he is 'having the Internal Affairs Bureau look into the entire incident to make sure there was nothing that shouldn't be happening there with our officer,' according to the Post.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police department's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1 (800) 577 - TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.
The New York Police Department is now searching for these suspects and is asking anyone with information to call the department's Crime Stoppers Hotline
The assault comes amid a rise in crime throughout the city.
In May, the New York Police Department reported, crime rates increased 22 percent over last year, with a 46.7 percent increase in robbery and a 35.6 percent increase in grand larceny.
Felony assault saw a 20.5 percent increase, and were up 8 percent for the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year.
Shootings also increased to 173 in May 2021, compared to 100 in May 2020.
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Over the weekend, a woman was left bloody and bruised at Washington Square Park, as nonstop partying in the Greenwich Village park continues.
The woman was allegedly trying to run from a man, later identified as 42-year-old Jason McDermott, who was armed with a large knife and taser.
The partygoers, who have descended on the park for nightly raves in recent weeks, were sent into a panic and ran for safety from the suspect and knocked over a 43-year-old woman.
DailyMail.com photos show the woman sat on the ground with blood pouring from her face following the incident. A man was seen handcuffed and being led away by police.
Police said the woman was transported to Bellevue hospital in a stable condition with lacerations, contusions and abrasions.
The battle over Washington Square Park pitted area residents against partygoers last week, when protestors confronted police outside of an emergency meeting organized by the New York Police Department's Sixth Precinct.
The meeting was met with dozens of protestors, who flocked by to park by nightfall. Police said on Friday that the would be on high-alert over the weekend.
A woman was left bloodied and bruised in Washington Square Park on Friday night after being trampled by terrified crowds
A man was seen handcuffed and being led away by police following the incident in the historic park; police said they arrested the suspect
Another major issue the residential and high-tourist area of Midtown Manhattan around around Times Square and Hell's Kitchen, where thousands of homeless people were moved to hotels during the pandemic.
Eight Avenue between Penn Station and The Port Authority Bus Terminal has become a drug corridor and a crime hot spot.
The police precinct that includes Times Square and many of the hotels where the homeless have been living saw a 183 percent spike in felony assaults and 173 percent spike in robberies so far this year compared to 2020, according to NYPD data.
In May, Governor Andrew Cuomo called the rise in crime a 'major problem' and said unless the New York Police Department gets a handle on it, the city would become undesirable.
'New Yorkers don't feel safe, and they don't feel safe because the crime rate is up,' he said. 'It's not that they're being neurotic or overly sensitive - they're right.'Read more:
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