‘Home’ doesn’t mean today what it meant before the pandemic.
Our ‘homes’ have transformed into our workplaces, schools, libraries, day-care centers, gyms, parks. Sheltering in place means the front line of the COVID-19 crisis is at our own front doors, those very walls we shelter within.
And the inequity of housing has never been clearer.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the U.S. was facing extreme housing challenges.
For decades, stagnant wages combined with insufficient supply to meet demand have pushed the cost of home out of reach for millions of families.
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COVID-19 has forced everyone to deeply consider the fundamental importance of home — of having safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Now, with hours, wages and jobs cut as a result of the coronavirus, even more individuals are facing housing instability at a time when one’s ability to be safely and affordably housed is integral to the health and safety of us all.
As mortgage lenders continue to tighten lending standards, and commercial builders of multifamily homes report construction delays, it becomes harder and harder for low-income families to pursue affordable homeownership.
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