Louisiana COVID-19 rent help stopped after 40,000 apply


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana suspended an emergency rent assistance program to help with the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19 after more than 40,000 people started filling out applications in less than four days. The Louisiana Housing Corporation set aside $24 million of federal money for the program and says it will try to find more money after the flood of applications. The agency estimated they had enough money to help about 10,000 tenants, paying the aid directly to landlords. When the program was announced Thursday, housing advocates said it was a good start, but was far too little money, especially with the boosted $600-per-week federal unemployment payments expiring at the end of the month.