The number of struggling renters isn’t dropping

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courtneyk | E+ | Getty ImagesThe end of eviction protections combined with the snail-paced distribution of federal rental assistance means that the struggles for renters aren't going away anytime soon.More than 6 million households remain behind on rent payments, a figure that has only worsened of late, despite an unprecedented allocation of funding for renters in distress by Congress.That $45 billion in aid has been bafflingly slow to reach families.By the end of August, just around $5 billion had been spent, even though the funding was approved in stimulus packages passed in December and then March. Fewer than 1 million households had been helped.Even as the worst of the pandemic appears behind us and unemployment levels drop, many renters won't be able to clear up their arrears until they receive the federal aid.The average debt in Maryland, where nearly 19% of renters continue to be behind, is more than $4,500, according to data provided to CNBC by Surgo Ventures, a nonpro
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