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Our community will be impacted by the recent Oct. 31 expiration of local moratoriums on eviction in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Renters who are behind in payments as a direct result of pandemic-related job changes are starting to hit the 18-month limit for financial relief. Landlords may decide to opt out of renewing leases for those who have been unable to sustain their monthly rent, and instead offer them to a waiting list of potential tenants who are ready to make regular payments. Troubled tenants will face limited rental options and the possibility of homelessness in the Bucks County and Montgomery County communities.

Renters and homeowners alike need a neutral entity to explain, advocate, and provide resources when they are in trouble, but they often don’t know where to turn. They’re often also embarrassed to ask for help, and they fear being honest about their financial situation will land them in a situation that’s worse. Fortunately, housing stability is in the forefront of coordinated efforts of some local government entities and non-profit agencies. Our organization, Credit Counseling Center, was appointed this year to distribute grants from the Bucks County Emergency Rental Assistance program. Our agency, along with others, distributed more than $16 million to stave off more than 1,800 evictions since the money became available in April.