Despite eviction moratoriums set in place during the pandemic, many people have still been forced out of their apartments. For example, over 500 people in the San Francisco area alone have been evicted since the start of lockdown in March 2020, and it's estimated that 30 to 40 million people nationally are at risk of eviction when moratoriums end.
In response to people losing their homes, some mutual aid projects have found ways to help people access shelter. Groups like Austin Mutual Aid in Texas are raising money to get hotel rooms for unhoused people to stay in through the winter storms. And while they did this before the pandemic, For the Gworls (FTG), is an example of a mutual aid project that assists renters. With a focus on assisting Black trans women, FTG provides rental assistance funds in addition to other services.
Asanni Armon, founder of FTG, told Slate that they were inspired by the Harlem Renaissance tradition of rent parties. These were events with live bands where entrance fees would go back to the Black community to help those in need pay rent. Armon threw similar rent parties pre-pandemic, but now, FTG activities are mostly virtual.
To help out in your community, search for mutual aid housing and rent funds near you. Donating money is a great way to help these funds. If you're not able to give cash at the moment, you can also help by simply spreading the word, or asking if they need volunteers for any other tasks (like social media promotion, for example).