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California to pay unpaid rent accumulated over course of COVID-19 pandemic | TheHill – The Hill

Posted: June 22, 2021 at 1:49 am


California will pay off the past-due rent thats accrued for residents in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic as officials consider whether to extend the eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of this month, The Associated Press (AP) reports.

Several aid packages approved by the U.S. Congress have left California with more than $5 billion to pay off the accumulated unpaid rent.

Senior counselor to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) on housing on homelessness told the news outlet the $5.2 billion should be enough to help landlords break even and give renters in the state much-needed relief.

The AP notes, however, that California has moved slow in dishing out those funds. A report from the California Department of Housing and Community Development showed the state has received $490 million in rental aid requests through May 31, but has only paid out $32 million, not including the 12 cities and 10 counties that run independent rental assistance programs.

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Lawmakers are mulling over whether to extend the eviction moratorium passed June 30, and if so, how long the eviction protections should continue. Doing so would give the state time to distribute the funds to pay off unpaid rents, which seems unlikely to do by the end of the month.

Newsom told Univision earlier this month that he does indeed want to extend the protections.

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