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At risk of eviction? Visit consumerfinance.gov/renthelp.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) debuted a new look-up tool (consumerfinance.gov/renthelp) that helps renters and landlords find emergency rental assistance (ERA) in their area.
The American Rescue Plan provided $21.5 billion for ERA, on top of the $25 billion provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The historic funding can help cover rent, utilities, and other housing costs. These programs are run locally, and right now emergency rental assistance is available across the country.
The federal eviction moratorium ends on October 3, and millions are at risk of losing their homes. Emergency rental assistance can help, but the Treasury Department recently stressed that the “funds are still not flowing fast enough.” That's in part because more than 50% of renters and 40% of landlords don't know about ERA, according to an Urban Institute survey.
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