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Local agency helps residents deal with the moratorium ending

JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - The federal moratorium ended July 31st, and many people are now facing eviction notices.

The Jackson Housing Authority is just one agency in the hub city that’s dedicated to helping people facing eviction notices.

This protection was designed to halt evictions for expected missed rent payments because of rising unemployment rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One long-time Jackson native explains his views on this situation.

“It’s affecting most of the people who are on the poverty line. Therefore, jobs were taken due to covid, and they couldn’t replace them. We got to do something; we can’t let these people be homeless. We got enough homeless people,“ said Kerbie Dunlap, a resident of Jackson.

President Joe Biden has urged all state and local governments to take all possible steps to extend the moratorium or to disperse funds to help those in need.

The local housing authority is one resource people in Jackson can use. The executive director at JAH comments on the issue.

“I think it will have a negative effect on landlords due to their own financial situations, they will have to evict immediately. Fortunately, some of the families at the Jackson housing authority have approximately 258 delinquents on rent, and we are going to be working with the majority of them if they have assisted us in aiding them either through a repayment agreement or through the hud program or the emergency assistance program,” said Mark Reid, the Executive Dir., Jackson Housing Authority.

If you or someone you know needs helps with an eviction case, contact the Jackson Housing Authority at 731-422-1671 or email them at

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