Thousands of households across the country remain at risk of eviction. Pennsylvania is no different. In Allegheny County, nearly 20,000 households have applied for the federally funded, county-administered Emergency Rental Assistance Program, and nearly 14,000 applications remain pending with the number still growing. In Philadelphia, nearly 50,000 rental assistance applications remain pending, which represents a potential eviction volume that would inundate the landlord-tenant docket for years to come. With the recent or nearing expiration of federal, state and local eviction-related emergency measures, potential eviction proceedings threaten to overwhelm dockets in counties throughout the commonwealth. This would deny landlords and tenants a venue for litigating disputes for months to come.
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