Delta Surge Slows Recovery As Parts Of Pandemic Safety Net Disappear

Delta Surge Slows Recovery As Parts Of Pandemic Safety Net Disappear
Delta Surge Slows Recovery As Parts Of Pandemic Safety Net Disappear

Delta Surge Slows Recovery As Parts Of Pandemic Safety Net Disappear

Last week’s jobs report for the month of August show signs the delta surge is slowing the economic recovery, just as some pandemic safety net programs disappear. The Supreme Court recently struck down a federal eviction moratorium, and supplemental pandemic unemployment benefits expired on Monday.

NPR’s chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley explains what that could mean for the pace of the recovery.

With a federal eviction ban no longer in effect, renters could tap into billions of dollars in federal rental assistance authorized by Congress. But there’s a problem: states have been slow to get that money into programs that can distribute it to tenants and landlords. NPR’s Laurel Wamsley reports on one effort to speed things up in Tennessee.

Additional reporting in this episode from NPR’s Chris Arnold, who’s been covering evictions during the pandemic.

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