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A Possible Eviction Crisis on the Horizon

About 20 million Americans could be facing eviction by the end of September as federal protections are set to expire.

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As the United States struggles to get a handle on the coronavirus pandemic, another crisis could be on the horizon. Last month, 30 percent of Americans missed their housing payments. But, the temporary moratorium on evictions kept roofs over their heads. Now, that protection and the expanded unemployment benefits are set to expire at the end of September. According to the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Fund, that could put up to 23 million households out of a home. Soledad O’Brien speaks with Darlene Turner, who stands to lose her apartment of two decades, and Matt Desmond, from Princeton University’s Eviction Lab and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.”