Evictions and Housing Instability During the Pandemic
Justice Above All -- Evictions and Housing Instability During the Pandemic
As we come up on two years since the start of the pandemic, the crushing effects of evictions and housing instability have once again taken center stage. Since March 2020, we’ve seen federal, state, and local bans on evictions to protect against the spread of the virus. However, despite these moratoriums, families all across the country are being evicted from their homes and left to grapple with housing insecurity.
On this episode of Justice Above All, host and TMI Senior Researcher Dr. Kesha Moore talks with Sarah Saadian, Vice President of Public Policy at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Sophie House, Law and Policy Director at NYU’s Furman Center’s Housing Solutions Lab, and Jason Bailey, Assistant Counsel at the Legal Defense Fund about how our current housing epidemic links back to the 2008 financial crisis, the racial disparities present in evictions, and how we can use the pandemic as impetus to prioritize creating a social safety net for renters.
We have to go into these resources with a keen eye focused on how can we make the most difference in the lives of people on the ground.
Sarah SaadianVice President of Public Policy at the National Low Income Housing Coalition
In the eviction context, racism and gender-based oppression interact particularly to make women of color, and Black women in particular, especially vulnerable to eviction.
Sophie House Director of Law and Policy at NYU's Furman Center's Housing Solutions Lab
Without that [CDC moratorium] protection, it's really going to be incumbent upon local and state leaders to implement something to protect tenants.
Jason Bailey Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
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