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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Eviction rates are still at historic lows.

Why it matters: Fears that evictions would skyrocket after the Supreme Court blocked President Biden's COVID moratorium in August have not come to pass — yet.

  • Landlord court filings were up 8.7% last month from August — roughly half of the average, pre-pandemic September rate — Eviction Lab data shows, per WSJ

Yes, but: Patterns varied across the country.

  • Cities without local protections or rental assistance such as Houston, Milwaukee and Phoenix have seen evictions above or nearing historical averages.

The big picture: Goldman Sachs has estimated that 2.5 million–3.5 millionrenters are behind on payments and roughly 750,000 households are in danger of eviction.

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Philadelphia to pilot Right to Counsel program this winter

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A program to guarantee legal representation for low-income tenants in eviction court will pilot this winter with an expected $1 million worth of funding.

Driving the news: The Philadelphia City Council approved the first $100 million of the Neighborhood Preservation Initiative Bond last week, which secured the last of the funding expected for the Right to Counsel program for this year.

Why it matters: The vast majority of tenants in Philadelphia's eviction court don’t have a lawyer. Only 10% of tenants have representation in court, compared to 75% of landlords.

  • Before the pandemic, Philadelphia ranked fourth in the nation among large U.S cities for evictions, averaging 20,000 a year.

Scoop: U.S. and Israel to form team to solve consulate dispute

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (right) meet in Washington. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel are planning to form a joint team to hold discreet negotiations on the reopening of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, Israeli officials say.

Why it matters: The consulate handled relations with the Palestinians for 25 years before being shut down by then President Donald Trump in 2019. Senior officials in Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government see the consulate issue as a political hot potato that could destabilize their unwieldy coalition.

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to Parkland school shooting

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz at the defense table during jury selection at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 6, 2021. Photo: Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Nikolas Cruz on Wednesday pleaded guilty on all counts for carrying out the 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, including 14 students and three staff members.

Driving the news: Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty at a hearing on Wednesday to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for carrying out the deadly shooting.