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Rent’s due. Now what? Experts warn a housing crisis shadows the health crisis.

The efforts to help many Americans keep their homes are temporary and don’t come close to addressing the scope of the problem.

Wednesday marks the first of a new month, a day when rent comes due for millions of Americans for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak shuttered much of the country and caused widespread job losses.

Federal, state and local governments have scrambled to enact policies to keep renters whose sources of income have disappeared from getting evicted in the immediate future while treading carefully around measures that could adversely affect landlords and the real estate market at large.

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