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Metro-Atlanta tenants left wondering "what now?" after evictions

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

DECATUR, Ga. (CBS46) -- Millions of tenants are unable to pay rent because of the ​economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. In September, the Trump Administration banned evictions through the

Now, many of these families are wondering one question: “what now?” “They were beating on the door, they were saying maintenance, the front office, and saying we had to leave,” said Valencia Gasper, describing how her eviction happened Wednesday morning. “At least follow the proper steps and protocol, what they’re doing is illegal, there’s a pandemic going on and there are families with nowhere to go,” added Eboni Wilkes, who was evicted a few weeks ago.

“We should be helping one another at this time, because people are really struggling,” said Travis Smith, who was evicted in September. Housing advocates say the moratorium banning evictions until the end of 2020– enacted through the Centers for Disease Control– is vague.

“If there’s anybody else going through what we’re going through right now, just keep your head up, stay strong,” Gasper added. DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson, who represents the area where the motel is located, told CBS46’s Melissa Stern there is help for folks experiencing homelessness.

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