Economists and housing experts on Wednesday warned of an impending \u0022avalanche of evictions\u0022 unless the federal government steps in to provide renters with robust financial assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.Census data released earlier this month shows about a quarter of respondents weren\u0026#039;t able to pay their rent or mortgage in May or are concerned they won\u0026#039;t be able to pay in June. Compounding the problem, many local and state-level temporary moratoriums on evictions are expiring in the coming weeks.Without government intervention, housing expert Emily Benfer told the New York Times, \u0022I think we will enter into a severe renter crisis and very quickly.\u0022House Democrats this month put forward $100 billion in rental and mortgage\u0026nbsp; assistance as part of the $3 trillion HEROES Act. Republicans have signaled that the relief package won\u0026#039;t pass in the Senate, with Senate Majority Leader deriding it as a\u0026nbsp;\u0022seasonal catalog of left-wing oddities\u0022 and pushing to include in any new coronavirus legislation legal immunity for businesses if their employees become ill after being pushed to go back to work.\u0026nbsp;While many other wealthy countries have provided their populations with\u0026nbsp;direct stimulus payments, government-backed paychecks for anyone who can\u0026#039;t work during the crisis, and other programs to ensure they won\u0026#039;t have to choose between paying their rent, groceries, or medical bills, all most Americans have received so far are a one-time $1,200 check and an extra $600 per week for those who can access unemployment benefits.\u0026nbsp;\u0022The reason this pandemic hit the U.S. so uniquely hard is simple: government ineptitude,\u0022 tweeted columnist Phillip Picardi. \u0022People shouldn\u0026#039;t have to pay for the sins of our politicians.\u0022Rent should have been\u0026nbsp;canceled for people whose jobs were impacted by the virus—whether they\u0026nbsp;themselves fell ill and couldn’t report to work, or their workplaces had to close.\u0026nbsp;The fact that we are displacing people in a global pandemic is immoral.\u0026nbsp;https://t.co/9pKGqqtYK4—\u0026nbsp;pfpicardi (@pfpicardi) May 27, 2020Democrats in Congress want the $600 in added unemployment benefits extended until January 2021, but Republicans intend to block an extension and leave unemployed Americans without any extra benefits after the program expires in July.\u0026nbsp;A federal moratorium on evictions, included in the CARES Act and passed in March, is also scheduled to expire at the end of July, and\u0026nbsp;only applies to properties with government-backed loans—protecting about 28% of renters.\u0026nbsp;State and local orders in states including California and Oregon are also set to expire at the end of May or in June, and the Texas Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that evictions for tenants not protected by the CARES Act could begin again this week.\u0026nbsp;The housing advocacy group Texas Housers warned that the state Supreme Court\u0026#039;s ruling could have a devastating effect on renters and the overall economy.\u0022Tenants will have their lives upended as a result of evictions, landlords may have an increase in empty units they can\u0026#039;t fill and cities will have a homelessness crisis on their hands,\u0022 deputy director Christina Rosales told the Texas Tribune.\u0026nbsp;Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro tweeted that the federal government\u0026#039;s failure to provide renters with long-term assistance for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic will exacerbate the \u0022housing affordability crisis\u0022 which existed long before the outbreak.\u0026nbsp;Our nation had a housing\u0026nbsp;affordability crisis long before the coronavirus.But if we don’t act soon to\u0026nbsp;support renters and homeowners, we may have an eviction crisis on our hands.\u0026nbsp;https://t.co/K1qxyfZyNP—\u0026nbsp;Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) May 25, 2020Congress should prioritize housing. That means:-federal moratorium on\u0026nbsp;evictions/foreclosures-at least $100B in direct rental assistance that addresses\u0026nbsp;tenant and landlord needs-broad mortgage relief-guarantee no lump sums\u0026nbsp;are charged at the end of moratoriums— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro)\u0026nbsp;May 25, 2020\u0022If we don\u0026#039;t act soon to support renters and homeowners, we may have an eviction crisis on our hands,\u0022 Castro wrote.