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COVID 19, pandemic, evictions, African Americans, Black Americans, Latinx Americans, Public Integrity, moratorium, housing policies, racial discrimination, housing laws


Historical and present discriminatory housing, land use, property, and criminal policies and laws have contributed to an inaccessibility of homeownership and wealth accumulation for people of color in the United States. “People of color rent at higher rates than white people,” and thus, face a higher risk of eviction. People of color are also overrepresented in jobs most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, like the restaurant and hotel industries. As compared to white workers, Black and Latinx Americans are less likely to have access to paid sick leave and family leave, forcing them to choose to go to work when they are sick or jeopardize their ability to provide for themselves and their families.