The Treasury Department is spending $ 6 billion to help landlords and tenants. More money is on the way

Residential buildings in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.

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The Treasury Department announced Friday that it had paid more than $ 6 billion to states to help tenants and landlords struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.

Between the last two major stimulus packages, Congress provided more than $ 45 billion in rental assistance. States now have access to more than $ 30 billion of that money, and the rest is expected to be available in the next few months.

With the national eviction ban expiring in weeks, housing advocates say it’s important that funds are spent quickly.

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Even as the public health crisis subsides, more than one in seven adult renters in the US say they are behind. In the case of black tenants, this proportion rises to 1 in 5.

“The Treasury Department is committed to providing direct and rapid support to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and to addressing the deep disparities in our housing systems that threaten our economic recovery,” Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said in a statement.

Federal rental assistance is provided by more than 360 programs across the country. The National Low Income Housing Coalition has a list of them on their website.

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