WYOMING — The worst in the economic side of the COVID pandemic could still be coming for thousands of Wyomingites who say they expect to lose their homes in coming months.
Over 9,300 adults in the Cowboy state say they are very likely or somewhat likely to encounter eviction or foreclosure within the next two months, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey.
Out of 20,289 respondents in Wyoming, 46.2 percent expect to be without a home by the middle of winter. Wyoming came in fifth out of all states, above the U.S. average of 32.9 percent.
Across the nation, the numbers don’t look any better. In total, about 5.8 million people in the country responded that they expect to face foreclosure or eviction. Florida had the highest percentage with 51.6 percent of respondents saying the future of their home is in danger.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put a temporary halt to residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 back in September.
The eviction suspension is set to be lifted on Dec. 31, 2020, right around the same time many unemployed workers will lose benefits due to CARES Act funding expiring on Dec. 30, 2020.
As COVID-19 continues to leave behind unforgiving consequences, the future remains grim for those who may face homelessness in coming months.