COVID-19 And Housing Policy – Looking Ahead In The US

esterior of three storey supportive housing building in Vancouver
Further supportive housing opens for people in Vancouver photo by Province of British Columbia is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
COVID-19 responses highlight the importance of housing, such as this supportive housing project in Vancouver, which provides permanent homes for 52 people who were homeless.

Three researchers have just published an article that proposes changes to housing policy, in light of the COVID-19 epidemic in the US. Ingrid Gould Ellen, Katherine O’Regan and Sophie House are based at New York University. Drawing on other research, they project that COVID-19 will disproportionately affect people with very low or no incomes, noting that the economic downturn immediately puts them at risk for eviction.

The researchers also identify the key role of housing in the response to COVID-19 and the difficulties that people with very low or no incomes face in trying to follow the directions. This includes people who are homeless, who have no housing, and the agencies that provide services, which are trying to protect their clients.

The researchers also look ahead, arguing that COVID-19 demonstrates that housing is a public health issue. They recommend changes to housing policies from this perspective. Read in Shelterforce: Housing Policy Must Change In Wake Of COVID-19