Kathryn Reynolds is Senior Policy Program Officer at the Urban Institute Research Laboratory in action. His work focuses on rental housing policy, equitable economic development and inclusive growth. Abby Boshart is the policy coordinator at the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focuses on assisted housing, eviction and homelessness. The opinions expressed in this commentary are theirs. After the national moratorium on CDC evictions expired on July 31, millions of tenants could lose their homes. Congress has allocated nearly $ 47 billion dollars to rental assistance 'emergency to help tenants stay in stable accommodation and help the target landlords coveredent their costs. But the money is highly unlikely to reach most tenants and landlords until the courts resume judgments in the eviction cases in August. Rent assistance reaches households very slowly, with tenants waiting months after applying. Some states and localities started their programs in May or June and continue to increase their emergency rental assistance programs . The good news, however, is that some states and localities are rushing to put in place short-term eviction prevention policies that could help tenants and landlords access assistance, including eviction safe zones for tenants requesting rental assistance , local extensions of the moratorium on evictions , and diversion programs evictions which provide services to landlords and tenants. These short-term efforts should not stop when the crisis hits But more structural and sustainable eviction reforms are needed to address long-standing inequalities, secure housing stability for millions of families, and avoid unnecessary costs to households, communities and the nation. A long-standing crisis Find out moreA crisis of expuTheion affected American families long before the pandemic. On average, 3.6 million deportations were filed in the United States each year prior to Covid-19, with deportations disproportionately affecting women of color and single parents and their children. Families who have been evicted are more likely to enter a homeless shelter and spend more time experiencing homelessness than their peers, but the costs and impacts don't stop there . The research also found links between the evictions and the decrease physical and mental health for parents and children, reduced income and instability of the 'employment for parents, and negative effects on children level of education . The owners also face eviction costs, including legal fees and lost rent when re-renting their homes, as they have little other means than evictions to collect missed rent or resolve other disputes . And governments at all levels, especially local governments , bear high costs for providing services to families facing housing instability. Long-term strategies can reduce evictions and promote housing stability Changing the national eviction policy and local court practices is essential to deal with the long-term eviction crisis country term. uniform data on evictions. These data are notoriously patchy and incomplete, making it difficult to track evictions over time, identify hardest-hit communities, and design effective solutions. A About al wins field is to create a base of doFederal records of expulsion and expulsions completed. As a first step, the federal government could provide funding and technical assistance to help states and local communities create their own eviction databases. Truck drivers are essential workers. We must treat them that way A national right to a lawyer would also give tenants a fairer chance in the court system. Most landlords in eviction cases are represented by a lawyer l, but tenants can rarely afford lawyers and are often unaware of their rights. In response, local governments, such as Maryland and San Francisco , have adopted policies and funded programs that ensure representationion for each tenant threatened with eviction. The first data from these programs shows promising results in preventing evictions, and many landlords are more likely to mediate with tenants when they are represented. Civil courts that administer evictions must also work more closely with housing and thus social service practitioners, including housing assistance and financial counseling administrators, and with social workers who can put evicted tenants in contact. with new housing opportunities. One way to do this is to configure programs de Eviction Diversion which provide services to landlords and their tenants, including the requirement for mediation and rental assistance before an eviction can take place. At least 47 of these programs already exist in state and municipal courts across the United States. These types of programs can promote the Judicial fairness in reorienting the focus of court proceedings to promote housing stability while balancing owner's property rights. Last but not least, all of these steps are necessary because we don't have a strong safety net for housing. If the government extended the rental aid permanently for the many eligible households, but who do not normally receive aid due to lack of funding to cover needs, there would be fewer evictions for non-payment of rent and greater housing stability.The impending end of the national moratorium puts millions of American families at risk of eviction if they cannot access emergency rent relief on time. But this countdown should not prevent policymakers and local leaders from addressing the broader eviction crisis plaguing the country. Long-term solutions are the only way to ensure that every family has a home, not only during a pandemic, but always.