Black Americans are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 in America. And the pandemic may also cost many of them their homes.
A recent report from the Urban Institute, which analyzed U.S. Census Bureau survey data, found that nearly one in four black and Latino renters didn’t pay or deferred their rent in May, compared with just 14% of white renters. And the problem may soon get worse: Nearly half of black and Latino rents expressed concern about being able to pay their rent in June.
People of color, compared with white Americans, are disproportionately more likely to hold a low-wage job or a job that cannot be performed remotely.
“Black and Latino people have been hardest hit by stay-at-home orders and other public-health measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 because of a legacy of occupational segregation,” Urban Institute vice president of housing finance