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Online workshop set for renters, homeowners distressed by COVID-19 pandemic

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An online workshop will be held for renters and homeowners in response to the end of a coronavirus-related moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.

At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, the Warehouse Workers For Justice and Prairie State Legal Services will host a workshop on legal rights and procedures for homeowners and renters on the WWJ’s Facebook page: facebook.com/warehouseworkersforjustice.

WWJ said in a news release that the economic and public health crisis arising from the coronavirus pandemic has created “economic stresses not seen since the Great Depression and this includes the potential loss of housing over the coming weeks.”

“It's important that distressed home owners and renters understand the legal process and their rights, including how to apply for upcoming financial assistance applications that will be provided by the state,” WWJ said.

People interested in more information on the online workshop should email WWJ at roberto@warehouseworker.org.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act, imposed a moratorium on evictions for most tenants in federally subsidized or federally backed housing from March 27 through July 24, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Landlords are required to give renters 30-days notice before filing an eviction complaint in court, which means eviction paperwork won’t be filed until late August, and some renters are covered by state and local eviction bans that don’t end until August or September, according to the Washington Post.

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