(CNN)After the federal eviction moratorium expired, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an extension until October 3 for high Covid-19 transmission areas. The Biden administration says those areas cover 90 percent of the country's renters.
According to a recent survey by the US Census Bureau just before the extension was announced, 7.4 million Americans reported being behind on their rent. About half of them worried they would face eviction within the next two months. Thanks to the extension, most Americans facing eviction now have an eight-week reprieve, buying time for federal aid to kick in. But not every distressed renter will get that federal aid, and it's not clear what happens after October 3.
If you are a struggling renter in need of relief, here is how you can advocate for yourself and begin the process to get aid:
Direct Relief Services