Funds are available for renters who face eviction as the federal eviction moratorium ends

Written by on August 3, 2021

Funds are available for renters who face eviction as the federal eviction moratorium ends

By Hayden Mitman

August 3, 2021

About 19% of households in Pennsylvania are behind on monthly rent payments according to a recent study from the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. 

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The end to the federal eviction moratorium on Aug. 1 could put those people at risk.

Locally, Rob Nicolella, executive director of the Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Allentown, said his office is working to keep more than 2,500 people in their homes.

And, they’ve been working hard since before the moratorium came to an end. 

“We’ve been seeing evictions happen constantly in Lehigh County. We’ve been staving them off,” he said.   

In March, Catholic Charities joined county officials and the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley to announce $24 million in grants to prevent evictions.  

Nicolella said his office is working to manage the influx of people applying for help.

“You get about 100 people that apply every day. It’s just a sheer volume component that’s one of the most challenging aspects for us,” Nicolella said.  

Funds are still available and can cover up to 15 months of rent and utilities. 

Anyone facing eviction can visit catholiccharitiesAD.org to apply for help. 

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