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Expanded Unemployment Set To Expire; Americans Face 'Utterly Preventable' Evictions

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Resident’s and Activists many of whom camped out in solidarity with the homeless residents of Camp Laykay Nou rose early in the morning to clean up from the celebration of their reprieve from the threat of eviction by the city, building a barricade before setting off to march to Camp Ted at a site near the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Headquarters, the Camp Ted community was also built to demand the basic human right to housing for Philadelphia’s homeless residents in Philadelphia, PA, on July 17, 2020. (Photo by Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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More than 25 million Americans have been receiving expanded federal unemployment benefits — $600 a week. Those benefits disappear in days.

Congress is unlikely to agree on new package before the end of next week. And temporary moratoriums on evictions are coming to an end in many places around the country.

NPR’s Noel King spoke with Matt Desmond, founder of Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, about what could happen if Congress doesn't provide more help, and why so many American families were already in trouble before the pandemic.

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