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COVID-19: Housing-Focused Needs and Responses

As the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to slow its spread reshape life in the U.S., the economic impacts are only just beginning to make themselves felt for 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.

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.

Check this page for additional research and resources, or join our newsletter to receive updates when new work becomes available.

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 2, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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