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Number of tenants behind on rent doubled during COVID-19 pandemic

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PolicyLink nearly 6.4 million households, or 15%, are behind on their rent. That’s more than double the percentage in 2017 when 7% of household renters were behind on their rent.

However, the number of indebted renters has fallen from 19% in January. The country’s estimated rent debt is more than $21 billion. RELATED: Report: Full-time minimum wage workers can only afford rent in 7% of US countiesA federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31.

The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, is the only tool keeping millions of tenants that are behind on rent in their homes.

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