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Affordable housing is a major concern in New York City, now more than ever. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, half of all NYC renters were severely rent burdened, paying 30 percent or more of their income towards rent. Despite NYC’s progress in leveling its unemployment rate over the past year, the city and its residents continue to face economic fallout from the pandemic. Thirty-eight percent of Black and thirty-five percent of Latinx reported loss of employment income in their household since the start of the pandemic, compared to 29 percent of white respondents. While rents continued to rise for many tenants, particularly low-income tenants of color.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on March 28, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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