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Homeless relief is on the way, but the crisis could get worse as evictions loom

April 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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States and cities are racing to use the billions in federal relief aid approved by Congress to fight the growing crisis of homelessness -- but the approaching end of some pandemic benefits threatens to make the problem worse.

Washington (CNN)States and cities are racing to use the billions in federal relief aid approved by Congress to fight the growing crisis of homelessness -- but the approaching end of some pandemic benefits threatens to make the problem worse.

The federal government has made a historic $70 billion investment across successive Covid relief packages in helping people find and keep their housing, but the need is about to explode.

The new relief funding could provide housing for as many as 130,000 people.

In March, Congress allocated $5 billion to provide about 65,000 housing vouchers that can be used by families at risk of homelessness to pay rent.

The funds have already been released from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to cities and counties that can decide how to exactly use the money.

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