Local organizations help residents who may be affected by eviction moratorium

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — On Thursday, the Supreme Court blocked the Biden Administration’s COVID related eviction moratorium which means millions of people will now have to begin paying back missed rent.

This moratorium allowed delays in payments but those renters will soon have to begin paying back missed rent.

“It’s initially going to be a shock to a lot of people,” Jennifer Buell, assistant agency director for Catholic Charities said. “The moratorium has been going on for months and months and during that time, it’s not that individuals no longer have to pay that rent. That rent has been building up and we will likely see more individuals then who are going to be homeless, coming up here pretty soon.”

Reach Services will also be extending a helping hand to individuals who may need assistance.

“Rapid rehousing were we are assisting people who have been evicted or kicked out or they’ve lost permanent stable housing and we give them a little bit of a boost to get back into a place,” Andrew Miller, case manager of Reach Services.

Catholic Charites provides housing in some situations by way of the Bethany House but with COVID numbers again on the rise they can not bring in as many people as they would like.

“We are up to about 50 percent at Bethany House because of COVID pandemic still being in place,” Buell said. “The number of COVID patients are increasing. We are still trying to practice some safety protocols.”

Catholic Charities also helps to provide families with nourishing food, while reach services also provides extra help with everyday needs such as classes on budgeting.

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