La Crosse Couleecap continues rental help; federal eviction moratorium expires Saturday

Biden administration's eviction moratorium extension expires July 31, but La Crosse area assistance still available for renters

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The nationwide eviction moratorium ends Saturday. People who don’t or can’t pay their rent face eviction. Extensions to the rule saved millions around the country from problems during the pandemic.

The pain of the calendar year since March of last year is felt in the wallets of renters. A federal moratorium bought time for tenants around the country.

“I think we’ve been fortunate to have the eviction moratorium in place,” said Kim Cable, housing and community services director for Couleecap. 

The eviction moratorium was supposed to end in June. The Biden administration extended the nationwide ban to July 31.

After March, 6.4 million American households were behind on their rent, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. As of June 7, roughly 3.2 million people in the U.S. said they faced eviction in the next two months, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey.

“We have hundreds of applications coming in every week,” Cable said.

Cable helps people who need rent assistance. Couleecap is one of 16 community action agencies in Wisconsin helping deliver emergency rental assistance.

“Our agency alone for the four counties we service have issued close to $2.8 million since February in rental assistance,” she said.

Cable said her staff can work with landlords who have tenants in financial trouble.

“I think our message to landlords is to work with your tenants to reach out to us if you have a tenant who’s in need of some assistance to maintain their housing,” Cable said.

Rental assistance is available through Couleecap for the rest of this year. This is for families who have low income and who were affected by the pandemic.

As far as another extension, the director of the CDC last month said July’s deadline was “intended to be the final extension of the moratorium.”