Emergency rental aid coming too little, too late, study finds

As COVID eviction protections end in most California cities March 31, the state’s $5.2 billion emergency rental assistance program is still struggling to get money to needy tenants and landlords.

About 70,000 Bay Area tenants seeking state aid to pay their back rent are stuck in limbo, according to a new analysis of the state program by the National Equity Atlas. Roughly 20,000 applicants have been approved and are waiting for payments, and other 50,000 applicants are still waiting for their cases to be reviewed.

Statewide, just 1 in 6 California tenants in the program have received aid, and the typical wait time has been 4 to 6 months, according

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