By ADAM BEAM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s eviction moratorium ends Friday. But tenants with unpaid rent can still stay in their homes beyond that date if they apply for assistance from the state. California is using billions of federal dollars to pay off up to 18 months of most people’s rent dating back to April 2020. That was the first full month of the state’s stay-at-home order in response to the pandemic. As of Monday, more than 309,000 households have asked for nearly $3 billion in rental assistance. The state has paid nearly $650 million to about 55,000 households and has approved another $950 million.