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Job losses from the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated housing insecurity among low-income renters over the past year. Federal, state, and local policymakers have created temporary measures to help reduce displacement among people who have lost their jobs, but there is considerable uncertainty about what will happen when these temporary measures end. To gain insight into how homelessness changes over macroeconomic cycles, we examine changes in homelessness rates from 2007 to 2020. Our analysis focuses on four metro areas that were particularly hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Riverside. Overall homelessness rates declined in all metros except Los Angeles during this time, but the share of unsheltered homeless persons has increased in recent years.
Housing; COVID-19; Families; Job loss; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Phoenix; Riverside
Economic Policy | Health Policy | Human Geography | Income Distribution | Public Affairs | Public Policy | Real Estate | Social Welfare
How Did Homelessness Change During the Great Recession and Recovery?.
Available at: https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/brookings_policybriefs_reports/6