That’s how many renters reported receiving an eviction notice or threat of eviction from their landlord since the pandemic began, according to a survey by the think tank Urban Institute.
The survey, which was conducted in September and published in January, found that among those in danger of losing their home during the pandemic, Black and Hispanic/Latinx renters were nearly four times more likely to face an eviction threat than their white counterparts. According to the survey, 7.8% of Black renters and 7.7% of Hispanic/Latinx renters received notices compared with 2.1% of white renters.
The latest $900-billion stimulus package approved at the end of last year only extends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moratorium on evictions through the end of this month, which means millions of people may be at risk of losing their homes unless President-elect Joe Biden takes swift action when he enters office on Jan. 20.
“The bill immediately protects millions of renters who faced eviction when the CDC moratorium was due to expire December 31, and rental assistance will provide much needed relief, but it is not enough to restore housing stability to the millions of renters facing significant back rent and uneven economic recovery,” the Urban Institute wrote. “The eviction crisis still looms.”