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How Philadelphia can address its affordable housing shortage

Despite being less expensive than some other large cities, Philadelphia has a significant affordable housing problem and needs to explore a variety of policy options to address it.

Pew’s report on housing affordability found that cost burden is highest in some of the city’s lowest-income neighborhoods, where the housing stock is old and many units are in poor condition.

The PEW Charitable Trusts • October 26, 2020

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Nov. 3rd, 2020 - Policy Digest 8

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COVID-19 and renter distress: evidence from Los Angeles

In this analysis, an original survey of tenants in 1,000 L.A. County renter households was conducted which examined the condition of tenants during the pandemic. Their results reveal distress along multiple dimensions, almost all of them stemming from losses of work and income. These economic losses interact with many renters' low household incomes and other pre-COVID vulnerabilities to create a host of difficulties which could compound over time if left unaddressed.

UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate and Anderson Forecast • October 2020

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Rental assistance need in five of New York's mid-sized cities

COVID-19 and the ensuing economic crisis has affected every community in New York State. Mid-sized cities are no exception, and the lower-income and rent-burdened households that call those cities home are at particular risk of homelessness due to the economic consequences of the pandemic. Their landlords, typically owners of small buildings, are also vulnerable to nonpayment. The data show that a substantial amount of rental assistance is needed to stabilize renters and their landlords in cities across the state.

NYU Furman Center • October 14, 2020

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Tracking COVID-19's effects by race and ethnicity: phase two

Entering the eighth month of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, the economy has begun to recover and some people have returned to work. But that recovery has not been felt equally; communities of color—Black and Latinx communities especially—continue to bear the brunt of the pandemic’s effects. With new COVID-19 cases rising nationwide, the halting progress of economic recovery could recede as Americans’ health remains in jeopardy.

Urban Institute • October 28, 2020

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