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January 2021

Fact Sheet: Covid-19 Evictions in California

Overview

This fact sheet was created in partnership with Housing NOW! California, to support their work to advance policies that protect renters at risk of eviction during the Covid-19 emergency. Key findings include:

  • 1.1 million California renter households were behind on rent in December 2020, including 804,600 low-income households.
  • Californian renters face an estimated $3.7 billion in rent debt, or approximately $3,400 per household.
  • Latinx, Black, and Asian households are nearly three times as likely as White households to be behind on rent.
  • 32% of low-income households are behind on rent, compared to 9% of non-low-income households.

See the accompanying methodology.

Learn more about Housing NOW! California.

Media: New Report Warns of Looming California Eviction Crisis (NBC Bay Area), California Extends Eviction Moratorium to June as Covid-19 Devastates State (The Guardian), South Bay Tenants, Landlords Anxious as Evictions Loom, Debt Piles Up (San Jose Spotlight), Ca Gov. Gavin Newsom Proposes Bill Extending Federal Rent Relief (Daily Cal), Tenants Mount Courthouse Protest to End Evictions in Santa Clara County (San Jose Spotlight), California Coronavirus Pandemic Relief Plan Would Pay Unpaid Rent (Mercury News), COVID Housing: Report Warns Of Looming California Eviction Crisis; 1.1M Households Behind On Rent (San Francisco CBS Local), Report: Looming Eviction Crisis in California (KRON4), Renters and Landlords Could See a Possible Extension on CA Eviction Moratorium (KION 5/46), COVID-19 Brings More than Health Issues to Communities of Color in Contra Costa County (Danville San Ramon), COVID Housing: $47M In Assistance Coming To San Mateo Renters, Landlords (San Francisco CBS Local), North Bay Q&A: Thousands of Sonoma County Renters Falling Behind Due to Pandemic (The Press Democrat), Rent Relief on Its Way to Silicon Valley — Eventually and for Select Few (San Jose Spotlight), SLO County Tenants Owe at Least $24 Million in Rent Due to COVID. Here’s How to Get Help (San Luis Obispo Tribune), SLO County Has $8 Million to Distribute in Rent Relief. Here’s Why That’s Not Nearly Enough (San Luis Obispo Tribune), Sonoma County Renters Amassing Millions of Dollars of Debt During Pandemic (KSRO Talk Radio), More Than One-Million Californians Behind on Rent (93.7 The River), Contra Costa Agrees to Let State Handle More than $70 Million In Covid-19 Rental Relief (The Inquirer), One Bay Area Woman’s Fight to Keep Families Housed (Mercury News), PD Editorial: Sweeten the Deal for Landlords and Tenants (The Press Democrat)  

August 2020

Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Evictions in San Mateo County

Overview

This fact sheet was created in partnership with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, and Urban Habitat, member organizations of the People’s Alliance of San Mateo County, to support their work to advance policies that protect renters at risk of eviction during the COVID-19 emergency. Key findings include:

  • 7,900 San Mateo County households – including 4,800 children – are at imminent risk of eviction and homelessness if the county's eviction moratorium is lifted because they include one or 7ore workers who’ve lost their jobs and have no replacement income.
  • An additional 5,100 households could be at risk of eviction with the end of the weekly $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.

See the accompanying methodology.

Learn more about the People's Alliance of San Mateo County.

September 2020

The Coming Wave of Covid-19 Evictions: State and Local Fact Sheets

Overview

Over one third of residents in the United States are renters, including the majority of Black and Latino residents. Many renters were already facing a crisis due to soaring rents before the pandemic, and they have been hit hard by the virus and its economic impacts. Without long-term eviction protections, these renters are at risk of being caught in a coming wave of evictions which could force them out of their neighborhoods or even onto the street. In partnership with Our Homes, Our Health, the National Equity Atlas team created a series of fact sheets to support their work across the country to advance policies that protect renters at risk of eviction during the Covid-19 emergency. Our Homes, Our Health is a collaborative initiative of the National Housing Justice Grassroots Table, including the Center for Popular Democracy, Partnership for Working Families, People’s Action, the Right to the City Alliance, and Alliance for Housing Justice.

You can download fact sheets for the following states: California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, and Washington. Fact sheets for the following counties are also available for download: Bedford County, TNContra Costa County, CA, San Mateo County, CA, and Sonoma County, CA. More fact sheets to come.

See the accompanying methodology for the state fact sheets. For the county fact sheets, please see the notes at the end of the individual fact sheets for a link to the methodology.

July 2020

Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Evictions in Sonoma County

Overview

This fact sheet was created in partnership with the North Bay Organizing Project to support their work in Sonoma County to advance policies that protect renters at risk of eviction during the COVID-19 emergency. Key findings include:

  • 7,000 Sonoma households – including 5,100 children – are at imminent risk of eviction and homelessness if the county's eviction moratorium is lifted because they include one or more workers who’ve lost their jobs and have no replacement income.

  • An additional 4,400 households could be at risk of eviction once the $600 weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation ends.

See the accompanying methodology

Learn more about the North Bay Organizing Project.

July 2020

Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Evictions in Contra Costa County

Overview

This fact sheet was created in partnership with the Raise the Roof Coalition to support their work in Contra Costa County to advance policies that protect renters at risk of eviction during the COVID-19 emergency. Key findings include:

  • 14,000 Contra Costa County households – including 12,100 children – are at imminent risk of eviction and homelessness if the county's eviction moratorium is lifted because they include one or more workers who’ve lost their jobs and have no replacement income.
  • An additional 8,700 households could be at risk of eviction once the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program ends on July 31.

See the accompanying analysis and methodology

Learn more about the campaign at www.facebook.com/raisetheroofconcord/

March 2020

Fair Labor Practices Benefit All New Mexican Families

Overview

New Mexican families rely on steady paychecks for groceries, childcare, transportation, and housing costs — spending that goes back to the community. So when employers refuse to pay workers their earned wages, everyone suffers. The New Mexico Worker Organizing Collaborative (NMWOC) works to combat these employer thefts to ensure that workers have a fair shot at economic security. In partnership with NMWOC, the National Equity Atlas co-produced a fact sheet that leverages local and National Equity Atlas data to illuminate those who are disproportionately vulnerable to employer theft and the need for the state to better investigate and enforce wage theft claims. This community data tool will support NMWOC in their advocacy to protect workers and take back lost wages. Download Fair Labor Practices Benefit All New Mexicans.

January 2019

Water Equity and Climate Resilience Caucus: Results, Priorities, Partners

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