Potential housing crisis looms in Newark over pending evictions

Still reeling from the devastating effects of COVID-19, Newark is now on the edge of a housing emergency. Thousands of eviction cases, on hold due to Gov. Phil Murphy’s moratorium on evictions during the pandemic, are pending in county court.

State leaders just announced a second round of rental assistance, funded with more than $300 million in federal money. But advocates warn of an impending tsunami of evictions, since the moratorium is set to expire 30 days after the public health emergency is deemed to have ended.

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