Tenant protections in Los Angeles County that have kept families housed throughout the pandemic are set to end Dec. 31, meaning more than 30,000 households could face eviction by the end of the year, according to researchers’ estimates based on county Superior Court records.
The expiration of pandemic-era tenant protections and emergency housing will likely be devastating for low-income families in the country’s largest county, where at least 69,000 people are already experiencing homelessness, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s latest count.
Evictions mean the end of newfound stability for many.
“[LA is] going to see the highest flood of evictions and, potentially, exacerbated homelessness on top of the conditions that they already had,” said Tim Thomas, director of UC Berkeley’s Eviction Research Network. “As these moratoria and rental assistance end, we’re seeing across the country a lot of cities have reached historical averages of eviction by August of this year – and are actually surpassing the historical average.”
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