Many people are struggling to pay their mortgage, rent, or utility bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While government relief options are being quickly adopted and revised, relief measures do not always offer the protections that many Americans assume they do. They often come with strings attached or work in unanticipated ways.

TMI Director Janell Byrd-Chichester’s newest op-ed in Afro News breaks down the relief options available to renters and homeowners during the COVID-19 pandemic. The op-ed also offers historical context for how economic fallout from the pandemic may impact Black communities. 

Read the full op-ed here