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End of CDC moratorium leads to huge uptick in Maricopa County evictions

By Tom Maxedon
Published: Sunday, October 10, 2021 - 5:05am
Updated: Sunday, October 10, 2021 - 12:15pm

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A notice warns tenants that their unit has been seized by the Maricopa County Constable's Office.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium on evictions in late August, evictions are up significantly in Maricopa County.

Evictions increased by more than 4,000 from August to September. That represents a 42% jump following the ruling.

Cynthia Zwick with Wildfire, one of the groups administering rental aid, said those facing evictions have tough choices and a lot of questions.  

“Do I have a friend or family member I can move in with for a bit and maybe more than one friend or family member I can move around to stay with? Or, am I going to be having to live in my car? Or worse, am I going to have to be living on the street?” Zwick said. “There continues to be assistance money available and there’s additional money. It’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program 2.0 the Feds are calling it which will continue to provide rental assistance.

Once renters receive an eviction notice, they only have five days to vacate the property where they are living.

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