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Amanda Wood, 23, waits to fight an impending eviction notice July 31, 2020, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
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Eviction moratoriums are over, the weekly $600 in federal assistance has expired and there are still hundreds of thousands of Ohioans out of work or making much less money than they did before the pandemic.

The state’s leading advocate for the homeless and those in low-income housing says he’s very worried what’s ahead.

Merry Collins lost her job as a home health aide in Dallas after the coronavirus outbreak hit. Before she started getting $600 a week in extra federal unemployment benefits, she got behind on the rent. And in June her landlord took her to court to evict her.

"The first day the courts opened here in Dallas," she says, "that's when they filed for eviction."

Millions of Americans are facing the threat of eviction as a federal moratorium that has protected renters during the pandemic is set to expire Friday.

That eviction moratorium, coupled with unemployment assistance established in the CARES Act, has helped some renters stay in their homes.

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After a more than two-month pause, eviction proceedings resume in Franklin County on Monday, leading some housing advocates to worry about a potential wave of people looking for new housing during the ongoing pandemic.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a Culinary Union hall Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Las Vegas.
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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wants Congress to approve $100 billion in emergency rental assistance as part of the next federal coronavirus relief measure.

More than 30 million people have applied for unemployment as of April 30, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many are falling behind on their rent and are being evicted, despite new rules designed to stop evictions. Experts say the moratoriums by state and local officials don't go far enough and are leaving tenants vulnerable.

"My main concern is that I'll be evicted," says David Perez. The self-employed father of one sells artisanal wares, like wallets and sandals, at a flea market in Elkridge, Md. "What's going to happen to my family?"

Cook County Deputy Sheriff Scott Hunter posts the final eviction notice on an apartment in Evanston, Ill., Tuesday, March 17, 2009.
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A coalition of tenants and landlords is calling on Congress to include $100 billion for rental assistance in its next coronavirus relief measure.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs an executive order.
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Gov. Mike DeWine has signed an executive order requesting commercial lenders to press pause on collecting payments from businesses.

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It’s the first of the month, which means it’s time to pay rent. But with unemployment claims at all-time high because of the coronavirus, many tenants in Ohio are worrying about their ability to keep up with payments. 

Mount Carmel's street outreach team goes out to homeless camps around Columbus to give check-ups and prescribe medicine.
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An annual one-night nationwide homelessness survey mandated by the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development showed a slight uptick in Ohio's population.

Poverty, Housing and Eviction in America

May 13, 2016
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Housing expenses have been increasing over the years and today, families near the poverty line spend more than half of their income on housing. Now, many face evictions in cities all around the country. 

Rising Rents Mean More Evictions In Columbus

Mar 31, 2016
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All this week NPR has been looking at what many call an affordable housing crisis in America. Many low income families use at least half of their paychecks on rent. Central Ohio has a booming rental market, and the rising rents have led to more evictions. 


Poverty, Housing and Eviction in America

Mar 31, 2016
Rental Realities / Flickr

Housing expenses have been increasing over the years and today, families near the poverty line spend more than half of their income on housing. Now, many face evictions in cities all around the country. 

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A mediation agency says a central Ohio county has had more evictions filed over the past decade than anywhere else in the state.