With U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland calling on attorneys nationally to help tenants facing evictions, legal aid programs around Florida are bracing for an expected surge in eviction filings.

Garland sent his letter, “To Members of the Legal Community,” on August 30, just four days after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that the latest eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control, and which would have expired in early October, was illegal.

In the meantime, legal aid organizations are bracing for an expected increase in eviction filings against low-income Floridians.