It is always important to be an informed voter, but maybe never more so than in 2020. Between the pandemic, economic uncertainty, natural disasters, and public demonstrations (to name a few), this has been anything but a typical year.
So many hardworking families in our community were already stretched thin and living paycheck to paycheck before COVID. This year has been especially tough on them as they are feeling the effects of the pandemic in ways most of us could not imagine. Living in substandard, overcrowded and unstable housing creates a far greater risk of contracting the virus, along with other chronic illnesses.
In a few short weeks, many of us will cast our ballots to choose leaders for our local, state and federal governments. As we weigh our options, housing must be a part of the conversation.
The need for more resources, access, and opportunity to create and preserve affordable housing has never been greater. Here are seven findings on the persistent impact of COVID-19 on economic stability and housing affordability across the United States.