Massachusetts Housing Advocates Fear Wave Of Evictions As Moratorium Times Out

The federal government’s eviction moratorium expires this weekend, removing the last remaining protection for tenants who’ve fallen behind on rent during the pandemic…Andrea Park, a housing attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, said the Biden administration is encouraging quick distribution of federal aid…Gary Klein, who leads the COVID Eviction Legal Help Project at Greater Boston Legal Services, estimated that about 100,000 families in the state are behind on their rent and the federal moratorium was protecting many of them who have not yet received government aid. He says the expiration of the moratorium will mean more evictions. “The moratorium has been acting as a dam, preventing at least some part of potential cases from being filed,” Klein said. “When the moratorium goes away, we’re going to see a flood of new cases.” Read more at WGBH.