Metro Atlanta governments have distributed 12 percent of the federal funds made available this year to prevent residential evictions for nonpayment of rent related to COVID-19, according to a tally of the latest report from the Treasury Department.

The region’s distribution rate is nearly twice the national average, which is 6.4%, according to a tabulation of money accounted for as of June 30. The figures appear in the July 20 federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

The 12 percent rate is for the City of Atlanta and the five core counties of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett. Atlanta had the highest disbursal rate, at 27 percent. Gwinnett had the lowest, at 5 percent, the tally showed. Several governments chose to not report disbursals or the number of households helped during each month.

Limited safety nets now exist to help individuals avoid eviction. President Biden has called for various efforts to prevent evictions, and at least two face challenges.

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