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Evictions and the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Cashauna M. Hill

Cashauna M. Hill is an attorney and executive director of the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, known before 2020 as the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Since mid-March 2020 it seems every day that we have been faced with more crises than we ever thought possible. Those of us who work in the housing justice space were immediately concerned about what the pandemic, and the necessary stay-at-home orders, would mean for the nearly 45 million renting families living in the United States. This article discusses the lack of clarity around evictions because of the state-by-state approach of landlord-tenant law across the United States, with a particular emphasis on the crisis in Louisiana, and explores potential solutions and ways that lawyers can become involved in keeping renters housed.

This article discusses the lack of clarity around evictions due to the state-by-state approach of landlord-tenant law across the United States,.

This article discusses the lack of clarity around evictions due to the state-by-state approach of landlord-tenant law across the United States,.

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