Eviction moratorium ends this week; Philly, area counties offer rent assistance

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With the federal eviction moratorium expiring this weekend, state and local officials are pleading with people who are behind on their rent to apply for assistance that will keep them in their homes.

The eviction moratorium has been extended several times throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will end on Saturday.

A recent survey found thousands of households in the region are behind on rent, including one in five Philadelphia renters. Even in Bucks, Montgomery and Chester Counties, 13% of renters are in arrears. Delaware County has 17% falling behind.

Acting Pennsylvania Human Services Secretary Meg Snead said plenty of help is available.