Renter's assistance funds set aside during pandemic running out

Funds set aside during the COVID-19 pandemic to help keep rental residents in their homes is running out amid increasing rents. Richard Towson, 66, might be evicted in February. He filed for renter's assistance but hasn't received it yet. Towson has cancer and could not work around people because of COVID-19, so he lost his job. He owes more than $5,000 in back rent. Albert Turner, an attorney with the Public Justice Center, told 11 News that rental assistance was designed in 2020 to help people like Towson.