Partners leading the work on the Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness Response released a new tool last week to provide guidance for homelessness systems on targeting funding from the CARES Act to communities disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus.
Urban Institute launched the Emergency Rental Assistance Priority Index, a tool that estimates the level of need in a census tract by measuring the prevalence of low-income renters who are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. The Index examines neighborhood demographics, housing instability risk factors before the pandemic, and the economic impacts of the pandemic. It also emphasizes an equitable approach to determining where funding should be targeted, accounting for risk factors that are higher for certain groups that have been historically and systematically excluded from housing and economic opportunities – particularly Black, Indigenous, and Latinx renters – and face greater health and economic impacts from coronavirus. State and local decisionmakers can use the Index to direct outreach and resources to communities most impacted by coronavirus.
View the Emergency Rental Assistance Priority Index at: https://tinyurl.com/y6g2vnzg
See all of the resources from the Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness Response at: https://tinyurl.com/y93zhpow