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Housing activists gather to protest alleged tenant harassment by a landlord and call for cancellation of rent in the Crown Heights neighborhood on July 31, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York.
For landlords who are struggling to pay mortgages and are disproportionately people of color, additional policies could alleviate their financial burdens.  
Community member protests evictions
The eviction moratorium offers a temporary reprieve, but rent payments will still pile up and be due down the line. That’s why large-scale federal rental assistance is critical.
Protester holds a sign that says "no evictions"
There’s no foolproof roadmap, but these three principles can help local leaders determine how to prioritize their scarce rental assistance resources.
Manufactured home
Occupants of manufactured homes work in industries and occupations that are most vulnerable to COVID-19.
House roofs
More data can help policymakers better understand how to support homeowners during the pandemic.
Rows of houses
Two borrowers with similar circumstances often receive different treatment because different entities own their loans.
Person experiencing homelessness packs their bags in a hotel
Communities are fighting a two-front battle against the worsening homelessness crisis: local governments need more funding to continue stopgap measures like hotel placements and more funding to establish permanent housing solutions.
Tiny house
Five lessons from a tiny home village in Bozeman, Montana, can inform other communities seeking to end chronic homelessness.
Doors to an apartment building
Small-building landlords and renters need additional financial support—quickly—as the crisis continues.
Police marks tent for removal at a homeless encampment
Criminalization of living outside leads to a homelessness-jail cycle, and does nothing to improve people's lives. Providing housing through Housing First is a more effective, long-term solution.

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