Equity in Place Policy Addendum addresses housing justice and stability in pivotal COVID moment
We know that households of color have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID pandemic. For instance, over the course of the pandemic, 50% of Black workers and 60% of Indigenous workers in Minnesota have filed for unemployment. By mid-January 2021, this economic crisis had led to 30% of Black, Latinx and Asian households saying they were behind on rent, compared to just 6% of white households2. With the lifting of the federal or state moratorium, as many as 69,800 Minnesota households would be at immediate risk of eviction at the end of January 2021.
Given the increased severity of the housing crisis under COVID, EIP has recognized the critical role of state legislators and leaders in mitigating the harm in communities of color and shifting policy and resources to support renter and BIPOC households at a statewide level.