Housing advocates are gearing up for evictions throughout Miami.
The eviction moratorium, expires on Saturday, barring a last-minute extension due to the new surge in COVID cases. Renters in Miami-Dade already paying more than half of their income on rent will be vulnerable to eviction.
“Evictions were already high before the pandemic, but with the end of the moratorium we’re facing an avalanche of evictions because so many renters are not just in a position to pay their current rent but also pay their back rent,” Dr. Ned Murray, associate director of the Florida International University Metropolitan Center said.
More than 11 million renters behind on their payments could be facing eviction.
The federal government earmarked $46 billion in rental relief aid for landlords and tenants, but states have been slow to build the proper mechanisms to distribute those funds to people who are eligible for relief.