Officials and local renters concerned as CDC’s eviction moratorium comes to an end

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Renee White and her husband have struggled to keep steady employment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and she said she’s concerned about the CDC’s eviction moratorium, put into place September 2020, ending July 31.

“What are we going to do? We don’t have family around here,” White said. “We don’t have a way to keep ourselves safe and our kids safe. The security will be gone.”

The White family has also dealt recently with a number of medical bills following Renee’s diagnosis with thyroid cancer. She said without the support of their family and friends, they wouldn’t have made it this far.

“I did the application for the state’s emergency assistance in May,” White said. “I’ve not heard anything from them other than ‘We’ve accepted it and we’re talking to your utility vendors and we’re going to talk to your landlord about payment and how it’ll be paid.’ I’m like ‘Ok it’ll be a week or two.’ It’s been a month since I’ve heard something from them.”

Organizations like the Salvation Army offer assistance to those who need help paying for their household expenses. Captain Jeremy Fingar, Corp Officer for the Terre Haute Salvation Army, said they are anticipating an influx of people who will need help paying their bills.

“Processing times are going to go up,” he said. “Our waiting list is already at ten people already and the moratorium hasn’t been lifted yet. So we’re expecting that list to grow even larger which slows down our ability to help people in need in our community.”

Fingar said they rely heavily on community donations to fund their assistance programs and they want to help as many people as they can.

“We’ve started looking for other funding sources to find additional financial aid for people in our community. It really is a competitive market,” he said. “So, everything is the plan as it were. We’re trying to find a way to make it work.”

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