By the fall, with the federal eviction moratorium ending, many states had reformed their efforts, and administration officials began to offer governors the outside: they could move their money to counties and cities that would We’re spending the cash more efficiently, said Jean Sperling, an economic adviser to President Biden who oversees the White House program.
Arizona officials agreed to transfer $39 million to the state’s largest county, Maricopa, while Georgia transferred $50 million from its allocation to Fulton and DeKalb counties in the Atlanta area. The biggest single shift occurred in Wisconsin, where Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, agreed to transfer about $110 million to county and city officials in Milwaukee, according to the Treasury Department.
There was only $240 million in cash left to move from states — including Vermont, Idaho, Delaware and South Dakota — that weren’t spending their cash fast enough.
“This is disappointing for states and cities that expected large amounts of additional funding, but it reflects the larger, positive reality that after initial challenges, these funds are no longer being spent on or for families in need. Committed to a much faster pace,” Mr. Sperling said.
For example, Texas requested $3 billion from the Treasury in the actual allocation process, according to Michael Little, a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The state will not receive additional funding, but several Texas cities and counties will receive about $19 million in total.
“This is the only life vest,” said Dana Kerney, manager of the Eviction Right to Counsel project in Houston. “If we don’t have emergency rental assistance, there’s not much we can do.”