350,000+ Kansans at risk for eviction

End of extra unemployment benefit could lead to unprecedented wave of evictions, foreclosures.


State News

September 1, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Sheena Mooney, who lost her job at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March, reacts to being evicted from her Topeka rental home. Photo by Jim McLean/KCUR

TOPEKA, Kansas — As many as 40 million Americans — including 357,000 Kansans — face the risk of eviction in the next several months.

An enhanced federal unemployment benefit of $600 a week that expired at the end of July helped people who lost jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic cover basic living expenses, like rent and mortgage payments.

But a recent report from the Aspen Institute says that because Congress hasn’t extended those larger jobless checks, the country could soon see an unprecedented wave of evictions and foreclosures.

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