CHICAGO (CBS) — With tens of thousands of people in Chicago still out of a job because of COVID-19, some renters are sounding off about the need for rent forgiveness.
Dozens of people from the North Spaulding Renters Association held a march Sunday in Logan Square to call attention to the issue.READ MORE: COVID Test Confusion After Suburban Family Believes They Got False Result from University Of Illinois SHIELD Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention halted evictions because of the pandemic, but rent is still adding up.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial And Accuses Judge Of Lunging At Her; Judge Denies Claims And Motion
Residents who have lost jobs fear they will never be able to dig out of that kind of debt.
“A lot of tenants have been out of work for months. They have not been able to pay rent, and now they’re behind by hundreds or sometimes thousands of dollars, and those people are at risk of eviction as soon as an eviction moratorium is raised,” said Kathleen Roberts of the North Spaulding Renters Association.MORE NEWS: CTA Red, Orange, Green Line Trains Left Standing At Roosevelt During Afternoon Rush Due To Police Activity
Meanwhile, many landlords and property owners said they are sympathetic, but they still have mortgages to pay on their end.