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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.


How Eviction Moratoriums Are Hurting Small Landlords

In 2016, nearly half of all renter households were spending at least 30% of their incomes on rent, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Now, with more than 20 million people still out of work, the proportion of people struggling to pay each month is almost certainly higher—especially among lower-income earners, who have disproportionately been affected by recent layoffs.