Overwhelmed state and local authorities are grappling with how to allocate $25 billion in federal rental relief, leaving many tenants and landlords waiting weeks or months for their share.
Before the pandemic, Orange County, Calif., spent less than $1 million a year on rental assistance for tenants at risk of eviction.
Now, it has to distribute more than $60 million in federal aid to thousands of residents behind on rent because of coronavirus-related hardships.
Their challenges are similar to those faced in administering Covid-19 testing and vaccine rollouts with resources provided by the federal government.
It received more than 10,000 applications, most of which are still being reviewed.
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Orange County, Calif, State, Covid