Report Shows America’s Major Cities are Pricing Out Black Residents

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Black households experienced the steepest declines in affordable neighborhoods in the years preceding the pandemic. By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia At the onset of the pandemic, there wasn’t a single state, region, or county in America where a full-time worker earning the minimum wage could afford a two-bedroom rental home, and nearly half of Black and Latinx renters (and more than a third of all renters) were paying unaffordable rent, a new report has revealed. The National Equity Alliance released “The Shrinking Geography of Opportunity in Metro America,” this week, and found that the coronavirus pandemic continues to both illuminate and deepen the challenges of structural racism and housing inequity in the United States. “While rent relief programs are sunsetting and rents are skyrocketing, millions of renters negatively impacted by the pandemic’s economic fallout face crushing rent debt, eviction, and homelessness,” the report’s authors wrote. “And the renters who have been hit the hardest are disproportionately people of color and people living on low incomes. This extreme precarity stems from a housing crisis that has plagued communities for decades.” Thai Le, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California’s Equity Research Institute; Edward Muña,...

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