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Despite coronavirus relief dollars, many still waiting for rental aid to arrive

By Allison Pecorin and Bejamin Siegel, ABC News | March 22, 2021

Stoneleigh Fellow Vincent Reina spoke to ABC News about the hurdles tenants must overcome to apply for and receive federal rental assistance. 

Andreanecia Morris was huddled with six other housing advocates working to secure short-term rental housing for a 19-year-old who was 35 weeks pregnant when Morris thought to herself: “This is not a system.”

Morris is a housing advocate in New Orleans who has been working to connect those facing eviction and homelessness with the billions in rental assistance approved by Congress in several waves of coronavirus relief. As the federal moratorium on evictions expires at the end of March, experts say almost none of the funding from the last two rounds of relief has been disbursed.

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