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Long-term concerns remain about future evictions

Posted at 5:42 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 10:44:59-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — There’s a 45-day reprieve for people in Nevada struggling to pay the rent. Gov. Sisolak’s extension on prohibiting evictions helps now but there are still long-term concerns.

Charlie Cunningham is used to being the breadwinner. He supports 7 people under his roof.

“I moved here from the Bay Area from California to be able to afford a house. To look at losing is terrible for me,” he said.

After nearly 20 years in the valley, the possibility of losing his home never seemed real until now. Cunningham has been laid off at MGM. He says the $600 unemployment boost from the federal government allowed him to make mortgage payments. With that dried up, he tried working with his mortgage company.

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“We tried to defer payments for two to three months and they’re still working on it. It’s been a month and a half,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham says if he isn’t able to find a new job soon, he’ll only be able to make two more monthly payments. Gov. Steve Sisolak bought him a little more time by extending the eviction moratorium to give people a chance to pay their rent or mortgage.

“We’re talking about maybe they’re not late yet, how are they going to pay next month’s mortgage or rent,” he said.

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Cunningham also set up a GoFundMe page to try and provide more direct help for others in similar predicaments.

“I’m trying to get the money together to at least help a person two to three months while they’re looking for jobs,” he said.

It’s some security to help keep himself and others afloat.

“Hopefully they’ll help us so that we can reach our goal and start giving people money right away,” he said.