Local, state eviction bans needed while governments disburse federal rental assistance cash, experts sayCould or should Georgia officials enact a statewide eviction moratorium? (Photo by Britton Edwards)
Localized eviction bans would render some much-needed breathing room to renters at risk of displacement due to the pandemic, especially as governments across Georgia sluggishly distribute federal funds meant to help keep financially burdened tenants at home.
That’s according to the heads of legal organizations that specialize in supporting lower-income metro Atlantans, as well as local housing experts. Executive directors Michael Lucas, of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF), and Steve Gottlieb, of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, told Atlanta Civic Circle that the abrupt demise of the federal eviction moratorium has spurred an immediate need for more protections for renters.