Financial fallout from the COVID pandemic continues to plague the budgets of renters, who may face eviction now that safety nets have been removed.
"Unfortunately, people aren't back on their feet yet," Ashley D. Maddison (RLaw '19), a housing justice attorney at Rutgers Law School in Camden, told TAPinto Camden in an interview.
While evictions were avoided during the emergency, 2022 has meant that tenants can be evicted for non-payment of rent as they were before the pandemic, she said.
"An eviction that may have been prevented last year is going forward this year," said Maddison, who works for a statewide project intended to assist tenants free of charge. Other locations are at Rutgers Law School Newark and Seton Hall University.
At the same time, she added, "rental assistance has become more difficult to come by."