Category: Housing

Long-Term Approaches to Preventing Evictions Now and Beyond COVID-19

As stay-at-home emergency orders and eviction moratoriums begin to sunset, one thing is clear: The Eviction Cliff feared by local leaders, renters and landlords alike has arrived. It is estimated that roughly one out of every five people living in a renter household (19 to 23 million people) are at risk of eviction by September

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Homelessness, Health, and At-Risk Populations During COVID-19

The post is a part of the Housing is Health series which aims to foster dialogue that considers health across housing-related policy areas, centered around health equity, and highlights best practices and lessons learned by cities and for cities.   The link between homelessness and health is not always addressed intentionally. We know that the

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The Eviction Cliff is Here

By the end of this summer, as many as one of every five renters in the U.S. may be evicted from their homes. According to research from the Colorado-based COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, upward of 22 million renter households of the 110 million renters in the U.S. are at risk of eviction. As state governments

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Navigating Preemption during COVID: Four Steps Cities Can Take to Increase Affordable Housing

Since March, the landscape of housing stability has changed drastically for many residents because of the novel coronavirus. More than 44 million residents have filed for unemployment, 20 million residents are still out of work, 20 million renters are at risk of evictions, and the nation has entered into an economic recession. Inequities in housing,

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Embedding Racial Equity in Housing

Racial inequities have been embedded in housing long before COVID-19. Redlining, racialized zoning, segregation, predatory lending, urban renewal and exclusions in the New Deal and the G.I. Bill are examples of public policies that have produced the racial disparities that permeate housing policy today. The result of these discriminatory housing practices among Black people and

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Vehicular Homelessness and the Road to Housing During and After COVID-19

On any given night 567,715 individuals are experiencing homelessness in 2019. Fast forward to today, the novel coronavirus has heightened a housing crisis that was already exacerbated by compounding factors like rising housing cost, wage stagnation and racialized housing policy . Now with the added layer of the novel coronavirus, the housing crisis has reached

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Released, Now What: The Intersection of Justice Reform and Housing in Response to COVID-19

For most, the release from jail is a disorienting moment. While release symbolizes freedom, this freedom quickly becomes overwhelming for those who have to navigate their reentry delicately to achieve successful reintegration into the community. Reintegration is contingent upon an individual’s ability to secure safe and stable housing. Housing establishes the stability necessary for individuals

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Homelessness and the Critical Needs of Those Most At-Risk

As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc among communities across the globe, it is those already living at the margins who will see the deadliest consequences. For individuals who are housing insecure or experiencing homelessness, stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders can be difficult, if not impossible, to comply with, introducing further uncertainty and fear into their lives.   Among the housing insecure and those experiencing homelessness, some populations are particularly vulnerable, now more than ever. These include racial and ethnic minorities, youth and adolescents fleeing

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The Case for Rental Assistance: Why It is Necessary and How Cities Can Fund It

Housing instability plagued many Americans long before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the global health crisis has recently pushed it to the forefront of many policymakers’ minds as more families are urged to shelter in place. With orders to stay-at-home to help curb the spread of the virus, the question of who has a home to stay in, and

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