JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The end of tenant protections on July 31 has raised concerns that thousands of Mississippi residents will be unable to afford their monthly rent and face eviction.

The state has set aside $218 million to help with outstanding rent, utility payments and other expenses, but extensive federal rules have slowed the flow of money to those in need.

Mississippi is one of the country’s poorest states. One indication of the difficulty people are having paying their rent there is census data showing 37,266 state residents concerned that they could be evicted over the next two months.