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What’s It Like Facing Eviction During A Pandemic?

Presley Wilson and her four-year-old son, Raiden, outside of her mobile home in Pomona's California Trailer Grove. (Courtesy of Presley Wilson)
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Wilson's three day notice to pay or quit.

Presley Wilson is a single mom who rents a travel trailer in Pomona. She got a three-day notice in mid-March and can’t reach the county office that usually helps her out with rent. She’s sick, and there’s not much business driving Lyft now anyway.

Even if Wilson pulls things together, Apr. 1 and another rent payment are right around the corner. And she thinks that many of her neighbors will struggle to pull together the money for rent.

She’s worried: The landlord and management company, which I reported on last month, has a well-oiled process for evicting tenants.

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One million Californians have filed for unemployment this month, and as the economy grinds to a halt, fears are rising of a surge in evictions. Several officials have taken measures to halt evictions for renters, but the situation is complicated and changing fast.