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Monroe Services helping people facing eviction amid the pandemic

Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 10:26 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on some people’s finances and housing situations.

Some tenants are protected from late payments until July 25 under the Federal Stimulus Law, but some people may see notices earlier.

“We are unfortunately expecting to see a tsunami of evictions,” said Cashauna Hill with the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center.

Hill said that courts could be overwhelmed due to landlords filing petitions and tenants seeking legal aid.

She said it will take more than federal aid to help those in need of housing.

Here in Monroe, the Planning and Urban Development and the Community Development Divisions are taking steps to provide financial assistance for those in need.

“The city of Monroe received community development block grant funds from the CARES act funding that will address those individuals who are facing eviction,” said Jawaun Downs, the Monroe Community Development Director.

Downs said that the funds can provide up to three months of assistance and they currently have 41 applicants.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services has outlined a list of tenants’ rights on their website.

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