In wake of coronavirus, a looming epidemic of evictions

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Unite Here! union members circle around the U.S. Capitol on June 17 during a car caravan for racial and economic justice. (Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)
Unite Here! union members circle around the U.S. Capitol on June 17 during a car caravan for racial and economic justice. (Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

With the unemployment rate still more than 10 percent and eviction protections lapsing across the country, housing experts say millions of Americans could lose their homes amid a pandemic in the coming months if Congress doesn’t act.

The housing situation for millions of Americans was already precarious before the pandemic, with many paying large percentages of their monthly incomes toward rent and without enough savings to cover a few hundred dollars in emergency expenses. Millions have lost their jobs during the pandemic and a study released earlier this week found 5.4 million also lost health insurance, which is generally provided by employers. The enhanced unemployment checks of $600 per week from the federal government are set to expire at the end of July —

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Lockdown exposes looming tech gaps as money management goes digital

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Two-thirds of UK adults now rely on mobile and online banking technology to manage their money, as lockdown prompts the wholesale shift to digital financial management.

Since March, a study of thousands of British adults has found almost 90 per cent check their accounts, 80 per cent transfer money, and 35 per cent even withdraw investment funds using fintech, as physical banking options remained closed.

Others have opened savings accounts, applied for credit cards and extended overdrafts. More than a fifth of fintech users said they have successfully secured new financial products during the lockdown without having to speak to a single human being, according to a new study seen exclusively by The Independent.

Almost half of consumers plan to continue using tech much more, even as bank branches reopen, and now say their technology offering is a “key consideration” when choosing a financial services provider.

“In light

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