Why have American families struggled to keep their homes during the COVID pandemic, despite a federal eviction moratorium? We investigate in a new documentary with Retro Report.
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Filmed over the course of a year during the COVID-19 pandemic, “Facing Eviction” follows people and families across the country who struggled to remain housed as COVID upended the economy. The documentary examines how federal pandemic housing protections — including a temporary ban on evictions and a massive rental assistance program — played out in the experiences of people living through this precarious time: from tenants and landlords to lawyers, judges and the law enforcement officers carrying out evictions.
“Facing Eviction” was produced with support from The WNET Group’s Chasing the Dream initiative. The documentary is a FRONTLINE production with Retro Report. The producer and writer is Bonnie Bertram. The co-producers are Anne Checler and Erik German. The associate producer is Emily Orr. The senior producers are Nina Chaudry and Frank Koughan. The executive producer of Retro Report is Kyra Darnton. The executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.
“Facing Eviction” premiered Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at PBS and online.
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FRONTLINE is produced at GBH in Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional support for FRONTLINE is provided by the Abrams Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Park Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation; and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation, and additional support from Koo and Patricia Yuen. Funding for Facing Eviction is provided by The WNET Group’s Chasing the Dream, a public media initiative reporting on poverty, justice, and economic opportunity in America, with major funding by The JPB Foundation and additional funding from The Peter G. Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney Fund, and Sue and Edgar Wachenheim, III.
Prologue – 00:00
Facing Eviction During COVID - 01:05
Local Landlords in the Pandemic - 11:46
Finding Housing After Eviction - 16:30
Evictions in States with Eviction Moratoriums - 19:56
Looking for Rental Assistance During COVID - 31:27
How Federal Rental Assistance Was Distributed - 38:26
Credits - 51:58