COVID-19 & Housing/Homelessness

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) provides the latest news, guidance, and resources on the COVID-19 as it relates to housing and homelessness.

The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

NLIHC’s The Gap presents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels.

Out of Reach 2020

NLIHC’s Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing everywhere in the U.S. The report’s Housing Wage is the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest rental home without spending more than 30% of his or her income on housing costs.

Unemployment Claims by State

NBC News provides a comparison of weekly unemployment claims reported by the Department of Labor to the same period last year.

Emergency Rental Assistance Needed by State

Many cities and states have established rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance nationwide and broken down for each state. (download Excel spreadsheet)

Opportunity Starts at Home

Multi-Sector Letter to Congress on COVID-19 Relief Package: NLIHC’s Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable homes campaign sent a letter on April 13 to congressional leaders urging critical housing and homelessness resources in the next coronavirus relief package.

Poll on Housing Stability During COVID-19:


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