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Board of Supervisors approve defense proposal as eviction moratorium deadline nears

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TUCSON (KVOA) - The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to support a defense proposal for the thousands of people who are facing eviction with the moratorium coming to an end.

During a meeting, the board voted 4 to 1 in support of the proposal.

Up to $2 million of COVID-19 relief funds from the county will go to providing lawyers for tenants facing evictions.

The board's lone Republican was the only vote against the motion. Christy said the money should go directly to helping people pay rent, but there are millions separately set aside to help people with their rent and utility bills.

Eric Schindler is the president of a Southern Arizona nonprofit that works with families and children. He applauded the board's decision, saying an eviction now can do long-lasting damage.

"The trauma costs to many families and children when they become homeless doesn't away the next month," Schindler said. "In many cases, it can linger and persist for years. The impact of cumulative traumas and stress can affect children well into their adult lives."

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