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COVID-19: Housing-Related Needs and Responses

Analysis and policy recommendations to provide a toolkit for action.

As the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to slow its spread reshape life in the U.S., the economic impacts are deeply felt renters and homeowners grappling with job losses, illness, and caregiving needs as well as the prospects of a looming recession. As our Faculty Director has urged, it has never been more important for policymakers, private and nonprofit leaders, and other housing advocates to take bold action to keep people housed now and to shape a more equitable recovery.

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The Terner Center is responding to this moment with analysis and policy recommendations rooted in rigorous research that can provide policymakers with the toolkit they need to take action.

Addressing Homelessness Through Hotel Conversions by Carolina Reid, Shazia Manji, and Hayden Rosenberg | December 13, 2021

On the Edge of Homelessness: The Vulnerability of Extremely Low-Income Households in the Bay Area by Carolina Reid | December 3, 2021

Taking Housing Solutions from the Near-Term Crisis to the Long-Term Crisis by Nathaniel Decker | October 25, 2021

Findings and Lessons from Two National Surveys of Landlords | September 29, 2021

What the Small-Scale Rental Property Market Tells Us About the Rollout of Emergency Rental Assistance by Nathaniel Decker | September 7, 2021

The Uneven Impact of the Pandemic on the Tenants and Owners of Small Rental Properties by Nathaniel Decker | July 13, 2021

Paying the Rent in a Pandemic: Recent Trends in Rent Payments Among Affordable Housing Tenants in California by Elizabeth Kneebone and Carolina Reid | June 18, 2021

Crisis, Response, and Recovery: The Federal Government and the Black/White Homeownership Gap by Carolina Reid | March 31, 2021

The Ongoing Housing Crisis by Carolina Reid and Meg Heisler | October 2nd, 2020

COVID-19 and California’s Vulnerable Renters by Elizabeth Kneebone and Carolina Reid | August 4th, 2020

NAHREP and Terner Center Survey Highlights the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Small Landlords by Ben Metcalf | July 28th, 2020

Op-Ed: Now Is the Time to Embrace Density by Carol Galante published in The New York Times | May 12th, 2020

A Plan to Keep Renters Housed Through the COVID-19 Recovery by Ben Metcalf and David Garcia | May 4th, 2020

Op-Ed: Renters need help now – Here’s how to deliver it by Carol Galante and Barry Zigas published in Housing Wire | April 29th, 2020

Estimating COVID-19’s Near-Term Impact on Renters by Elizabeth Kneebone and Cecile Murray | April 24th, 2020

Lessons from the Great Recession for Today: Housing Aid Now! by Carol Galante | March 19th, 2020

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