Millions of Americans no longer protected by federal eviction ban now facing homelessness

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — 12 million Americans who were once protected by a federal ban on evictions lost that protection last Saturday.

One Memphis man who can’t seem to get back on his feet fears becoming homeless.

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It’s predicted that at least two million homeowners across the country will not be able to pay the mortgage this Saturday on this first of the month.

According to the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, African Americans and Hispanic renters are the most vulnerable. 

The group said without federal protection, 20 percent of renters in the U.S could be forced out of their homes.

Those reports also indicated that eviction filings increased in recent weeks as courts reopened. 

A survey shows some landlords are still willing to work with renters.

Nearly 60 percent of landlords said their tenants could not pay rent because of the coronavirus.