The federal rent subsidy is running out, the tenants are still in need

By the fall, when the state eviction moratorium expired, many states had stepped up their efforts, and administrative officials began offering governors time off: They could send their money to counties and cities that are more efficient at spending the money, said Gene Sperling, an economist adviser to President Biden, who oversees the White House program.

Arizona officials agreed to move $ 39 million to the state’s largest county, Maricopa, while Georgia deducted approximately $ 50 million from its allocations to Fulton and DeKalb counties in the Atlanta area. The largest single postponement took place in Wisconsin, where Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, agreed to send about $ 110 million to county and city officials in Milwaukee, according to the Treasury Department.

That left only about $ 240 million in cash from states – including Vermont, Idaho, Delaware, and South Dakota – that weren’t spending their money fast enough.

“This is disappointing to states and cities that were hoping a large amount of additional funding would be allocated to them, but it does reflect the larger, positive reality that after the initial challenges, those funds are now being spent or given to families in need at a much accelerated pace Speed, ”said Mr Sperling.

For example, Texas demanded $ 3 billion from the Treasury Department as part of the redistribution process, according to Michael Lyttle, a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The state will not receive any additional funding, but several cities and counties in Texas will receive around $ 19 million in total.

“That’s the only life jacket,” said Dana Karni, manager of the Houston evictions project. “If we don’t have emergency help with the rental, there’s not much we can do.”

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