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COVID-19 leads to eviction spikes in Manatee. Here’s who can help you save your home

Updated on December 17th, 2020 Written by Turning Points

Bill Galvano, former president of the Florida Senate, talks to Margi Dawson, development director for Turning Points, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, about programs to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless at the center that bears his name at 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. JAMES A. JONES JR. JAJONES1@BRADENTON.COM


DECEMBER 04, 2020 05:00 AM, UPDATED DECEMBER 04, 2020 08:54 AM

Even though the first COVID-19 vaccines may soon become available for health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, the misery caused by the pandemic is far from over.

An epidemic of evictions and foreclosures, resulting from the economic effects of the pandemic, is already hitting the Manatee County court system, and overwhelming the agencies trying to help people avoid homelessness.

A state moratorium on evictions and foreclosures provided cover since April for Floridians who lost their jobs, or were otherwise economically hurt by the pandemic. But Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed the moratorium to expire Sept. 30, and the Manatee County Clerk of Court has seen a rush of filings.

At Turning Points, a nonprofit that helps the homeless, and those one paycheck away from becoming homeless, the requests for help ramped up after the moratorium expired.

“Ninety nine percent of it is rentals,” said Andy Guyre, housing program manager at Turning Points.

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