During the most recent national call on coronavirus, disasters, housing, and homelessness, we discussed renters’ experiences during COVID-19, learned about a new resource as part of the “Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness Response,” heard about the disproportionate impact of eviction filings on women of color, and received updates from the field and Capitol Hill.
Eileen Divringi from the Federal Reserve Board of Philadelphia discussed renters’ experiences during COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 24 percent of renter households have experienced some level of housing insecurity because they were unable to pay rent. The report found Black and Latino renters are more likely than other households to have missed rent payments at some point since the beginning of the pandemic.
Former Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Matthew Doherty shared a new resource from the “Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness Response.” The resource describes how emergency rental assistance program administrators can center programs on preventing homelessness and addressing racial inequities.
Claire Ewing-Nelson from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) shared findings from a recent analysis of U.S. Census Bureau COVID-19 Household Pulse Surveys. The analysis indicated one in three Black women and nearly three in ten Latina renters reported their household is not caught up on rent, compared to about 12 percent of white, non-Hispanic women.
We received field updates from Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Louisiana, Prosperity Indiana, and EAH Housing in California. NLIHC’s Sarah Saadian provided updates on the American Rescue Plan Act, Department of Treasury ERA program, and federal eviction moratorium.
NLIHC hosts national calls on coronavirus, disasters, housing, and homelessness every week. On today’s call, we’ll have updates on the resources in the recently enacted American Rescue Plan, insights from a new report on COVID-19 mortality rates among people experiencing homelessness, get updates from the field, and more. Register for today’s call (Monday, March 15 at 2:30 pm ET) at: https://tinyurl.com/ru73qan
Watch a recording of the March 8 call at: tinyurl.com/ut86kd2j
Access presentation slides at: tinyurl.com/358zv92d