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Massachusetts Moratorium On Evictions And Foreclosures Extended To Mid-October

“The eviction moratoriums aren’t forgiving the rent — they’re just saying that the renter can’t be evicted,” said Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, a researcher at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. “So for a lot of cash-strapped renters in particular, it’s going to be even harder a couple of months down the line to pay several months of rent.”

Los Angeles Times

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a Black housing crisis gets worse

Nationwide, 55% of Black renters spent more than 30% of their income on housing in 2016, the typical threshold at which experts say costs begin to crowd out other necessities. That compares with 54% of Latino households and 43% of white households, according to an analysis of census data from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The Washington Post

Tips for handling a major renovation

Widespread unemployment and economic uncertainty are anticipated to dramatically slow the pace of remodeling projects, according to a report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The report says spending on remodeling will sharply decline this year and into 2021.

Associated Press

Renters face financial cliff ahead; limited help available

Renters already faced a dire situation before the pandemic hit, said Alexander Hermann, a researcher at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Then came the pandemic, which hit renters particularly hard financially.


America’s looming housing catastrophe, explained

Before the pandemic, of America’s nearly 43 million renters, about 20.8 million — almost half — were “cost-burdened,” meaning more than 30 percent of their income went to housing costs, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.


Time is running out for America's most vulnerable renters

An eviction crisis isn't new for the United States. Even before the pandemic, renters of color were already more likely than white renters to have high rent burdens, to be threatened with eviction and to experience homelessness.

Houston Chronicle

Home ownership increasingly out of reach of region’s renters

Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, also called for increasing the supply of affordable housing. “It means we have to think about ways to expand the ability of the private sector to reach those people who are in the middle of the income distribution” — for example, looking at regulatory barriers that make it difficult for tiny homes to be built in Houston.