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Housing Hardships Reach Unprecedented Heights during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Low- and moderate-income individuals at great risks of eviction, missed rent payments, and more

Written by:  Michal Grinstein-Weiss, director, Social Policy Institute; Brinda Gupta, program manager, Social Policy Institute; Yung Chun, data analyst III, Social Policy Institute; Hedwig Lee, professor of sociology, Department of Sociology, and faculty affiliate, Social Policy Institute; Mathieu Despard, faculty director, Social Policy Institute

The United States (U.S.) housing crisis is not new. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, 10-15% of households reported being housing insecure.[1] Now, with unemployment at historic highs and more than 20 million individuals out of work, the country’s housing crisis is only getting worse. In April 2020, one in three Americans did not pay rent, and, despite moratoriums to protect against evictions, landlords are still evicting renters.[2]

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[3] We consider a household as a LMI household if its annual income is 120% of AMI or lower at the county level adjusting its household size.