Federal judge in Cleveland says CDC overstepped authority with moratorium on evictions

A judge in Cleveland has overturned a federal order that's stopping evictions for scores of tenants across northern Ohio. Federal Judge J. Philip Calabrese with the Northern District Court of Ohio ruled Wednesday that "the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded the scope of its... Continue reading >

Home in Akron

Akron is consistently ranked among the cheapest housing markets in the country, yet rents have risen 50% in the last two decades, while wages have remained stagnant. And the eviction rate is the highest among Ohio's largest cities. Home in Akron is a multimedia collaborative including WKSU focused... Continue reading >

Fresno-area landlord accused of evicting cancer patient tenant, dumping property on lawn

Martin Plum, a Selma man battling cancer and an eviction, didn’t think his situation could get any worse, that is until March 2, when two Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies showed up at his home and told him he had to leave. The 60-year-old Plum tried telling the deputies there was a mistake, but it... Continue reading >

Interactive Q&A: What are renters' rights in Texas?

You should know your rights as a tenant, especially during the pandemic and after the Texas winter storm. Consumer reporter Steve Noviello hosted an interactive live chat Wednesday morning on Facebook with two experts – one advocating for tenants and the other for landlords. One of the biggest... Continue reading >

Civil legal aid needs rise due to pandemic impacts

The state’s largest funder of civil legal aid services is asking lawmakers to increase state funding by 20 percent in the fiscal 2022 budget to help fund services for low-income residents facing legal issues in areas like housing, employment, education, and government benefits. Lawmakers and... Continue reading >

South Carolina works on housing aid as CDC eviction moratorium set to expire

Renters protected from eviction during the coronavirus pandemic will lose their eviction protections at the end of the month if the federal government doesn’t make a move to extend them. The CDC first issued its eviction moratorium on Sept. 4, extending it once through Jan. 31, then again through... Continue reading >

Coronavirus Today: Homelessness, hotels and public health

The Los Angeles Times' Data Desk who is tracking Project Roomkey show that 1,879 people were housed through the program as of Tuesday . The hope was to rent rooms for 15,000 people who had been identified as especially vulnerable because of their age or medical conditions. The program was set to... Continue reading >

Latinx Farmworkers Risk Their Lives During Pandemic. Many Now Struggle to Access Vaccines

T here are about 2.5 million farmworkers around the U.S., many of them undocumented immigrants working under dangerous and exploitive circumstances without sick leave or healthcare. Despite their status as essential workers, however, many farmworkers are facing an uphill battle to get vaccinated... Continue reading >

Advocates and officials brace for increase in foreclosures

A program that assists Pennsylvanians facing mortgage foreclosures is bracing for a wave of pandemic-related need, at the same time that it’s worrying about its own finances. Some foreclosures are still happening now, though many are on hold; a foreclosure moratorium is in place until July 1 for... Continue reading >

COVID-19 in Court: Legal Coalition Sues to Stop Some In-Person Civil Trials

A lawsuit filed against Los Angeles County Superior Court by five pro bono legal services asks the court to suspend in-person hearings for traffic and unlawful detainer cases “until doing so no longer poses a public health threat,” and they claim problems with remote access, which is offered now,... Continue reading >