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California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California will pay off the accumulated unpaid rent that has piled up during the COVID-19 pandemic, the AP reports.

Why it matters: The move would fulfill a promise to landlords to help them to break even, while giving renters relief, the AP writes.

The big picture: A little over 2% of people in California who have applied for rent relief during the pandemic have received it, KQED reports.

  • The state has accrued $5.2 billion from various federal aid packages to pay off people's rent, which should be enough to get the job done, Jason Elliott, senior counselor to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on housing and homelessness, told AP.
  • California has been slow to distribute the funds. The state has received $490 million in rental aid requests through May 31, but only $32 million has been paid out, when not including the 12 cities and 10 counties that run independent rental assistance programs, per AP.

But, but, but: State officials also haven't yet decided whether they'll extend California's eviction moratorium, which is set to expire on June 30.

  • Newsom and lawmakers are "meeting privately" about the issue, but there are disagreements as to how long the moratorium should last, AP reports.
  • Extending the moratorium would give the state enough time to distribute the funds to pay off unpaid rents, which might not be possible to do by June 30, the AP notes.

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Other Dems join Rep. Bush on Capitol steps to protest end of eviction moratorium

Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) speaks with supporters as she spends the night outside the U.S. Capitol to call for for an extension of the federal eviction moratorium on July 31, 2021. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) was back on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, continuing her calls for President Biden and his administration to renew and expand the eviction moratorium.

Driving the news: "Our movement is growing. Over the last five days, our movement has received support from many of our House and Senate colleagues," Bush said in a statement Tuesday.

Biden expected to announce new eviction ban

Photo: Bloomberg / Contributor

President Biden is expected to reveal a new, more "targeted" ban on evictions, three sources familiar with the matter confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: The Biden administration allowed the previous eviction moratorium to expire on Saturday night — putting millions of people at risk of homelessness.

Aug 3, 2021 - Podcasts

Millions of Americans face eviction

The federal eviction moratorium expired this past weekend, putting an estimated 4 million people — or more — at risk of getting kicked out of their homes.

  • Plus, a rare moment of discord between Democratic leaders and the president.
  • And, openly trans and non-binary athletes make their mark in Tokyo.

Guests: Axios' Danielle Chemtob, Jonathan Swan, and Ina Fried.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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