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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 11:19 PM

A 'Full-Blown Homelessness Crisis' Is Coming As Eviction Tsunami Fears Grow, Warns John Oliver

Comedian John Oliver on his HBO show Sunday night drew attention to a looming eviction crisis facing the U.S. as federal, state, and local aid programs aimed at offsetting the economic disaster brought about by the coronavirus pandemic dry up. “Experts are predicting horrific outcomes,” said Oliver. “If evictions continue as normal, this public health crisis could soon turn into a full-blown homelessness crisis.”

Government programs in the wake of the outbreak and economic shutdown that followed, including economic stimulus checks, unemployment bonuses, and evictions moratoriums, have for the most part kept homelessness around the country to a minimum. But those protections are expiring despite the continuing pandemic.

As the Boston Globe reported Monday:
A lack of affordable housing is [a] systemic problem in the US, with the majority of people spending more than half of their income on shelter costs alone, Oliver added, noting that about one million households have been evicted each year for over a decade, disproportionately impacting people of color, with Black women especially vulnerable. Oliver also noted that about one-third of US households are renters, and renters tend to have lower incomes than homeowners.

In a separate report Sunday, the Globe noted that the August 18 expiration of a Massachusetts law imposing a moratorium on evictions across the commonwealth was likely to lead to a “tsunami” of evictions.
“The situation is looking really dire,” Lisa Owens, executive director of tenants’ rights group City Life/Vida Urbana, told the Globe. “We are facing what could be dramatic levels of homelessness, and neighborhood and citywide instability.”

Eviction hearings in states like Texas have resumed remotely, with judges using apps like Zoom to facilitate throwing people out of their homes.



- Oliver in his show Sunday said that because evictions are coming as the disease surges around the U.S. and economic reopenings falter, the timing could not be worse to restart the process. ~ “We’re about to go out of our way to throw people out of their homes at the worst possible time,” said Oliver.

- AlterNet; By Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, June 29, 2020. https://www.alternet.org/2020/06/1149957/
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- RELATED: 'Coronavirus: Why US Is Expecting An 'Avalanche' Of Evictions,' June 19, 2020.
https://democraticunderground.com/1016260437

"..As temporary protections are falling away, like a patchwork quilt slowly fraying, hundreds of evictions are already under way in states like Missouri, Virginia and Texas. That could be sending thousands to homeless shelters or to double up with family, at a time when coronavirus cases are still on the rise in many places.."

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appalachiablue Jun 29 OP
sandensea Jun 29 #1
appalachiablue Jun 29 #2
sandensea Jun 30 #3
appalachiablue Jun 30 #4
sandensea Jun 30 #5
3Hotdogs Jun 30 #8
CatLady78 Jun 30 #6
marie999 Jun 30 #7

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 11:23 PM

1. And with Trump, Kushner, and Mnuchin all being foreclosure kings.

Talk about bad karma.

They'll probably come back as Nigerian slum dwellers.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 11:34 PM

2. 'The Foreclosure Kings,' sounds like a really bad band..

They could do some acts and shows at bars, even Vegas maybe... But not so funny, deadly in fact.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:19 AM

3. Sure. They usually open for the Sultans of Sin.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:36 AM

4. Perfect, good song

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:45 AM

5. Isn't it though.

Dire Straits helped get me through high school.

And Steely Dan, though college.

They don't make bands like those anymore, as you know.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 07:27 AM

8. I saw them live at the Capital in Passaic, N.J.

Excellent show.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 04:26 AM

6. That is depressing

Seriously - someone sane has to be in office come 2021. Biden has to win.

This megalomaniac will not give a fig about escalating poverty. You need more of an FDR and less of a reality show buffoon in office right now.

Fortunately I think Trump might have had enough of being POTUS, which as far as I can tell, he thought would be some sort of extravagant party.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:35 AM

7. People are afraid to go outside.

People will receive eviction notices. The cops will come to evict them. Many people will fight back. Protesters will stand guard over these people in their homes. The cops will use any means necessary to evict them. There will blood in the streets. You will kill if necessary to protect your family. This is what trump wants.

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