As if the already chaotic events of 2020 were not enough, it seems as though a new crisis is upon us. In an effort to provide much-needed aid to those affected by the pandemic, many rent payment programs have been put in place in various cities across the U.S. However, officials from a few of those programs now find themselves facing a harsh reality: they have overpaid people who are vulnerable to economic hardship, and they want it paid back. According to reports, officials in Chicago, St. Louis, and Houston have admitted that their pandemic assistance programs have accidentally overpaid some renters, leading to an unexpected crisis for many. This false payout has led to an outcry from those affected, with some feeling taken advantage of and others feeling betrayed. However, the organizations responsible for the overpayment are adamant that they are not trying to take money away from people who have already been enduring a difficult time. Instead, they want to ensure that the money given out is used in the most responsible way possible. For those who are struggling to make rent payments, this overpayment could have been a huge helping hand. However, officials worry this situation could cause a major setback for many people in the long run. The organizations responsible for the overpayment have expressed their willingness to rectify the situation. They are asking those affected to contact them and provide documentation to begin the process of retrieving the money that was mistakenly given out. Doing so, they hope, will ensure that those affected can begin to rebuild the trust between them and those who are responsible for providing financial help. While this latest debacle is certainly a major setback, it is important to remember that these organizations are still trying to provide financial relief to those who desperately need it. It’s true that mistakes were made, but hopefully the situation can be rectified and everyone affected can start to look forward to a more secure future.