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Zillow: COVID-19 Layoffs Threaten Housing Security For Minorities

Navi Persaud
Apr 27, 2020
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Massive number of job losses in the food, arts and retail industry.

New analysis from Zillow shows that the massive number of job losses in the food, arts and retail industry are going to cause Latin, Asian and African-American households to feel more of an impact on their housing security. The report claimed that 8.3% of White workers are employed among those three job categories, in comparison to the 12.7% of Latin workers, 10.2% of Asian workers and 10.1% of African-American workers.
"If these workers were to go without income for two months, only White households would stay within the affordability guideline at 29.4%—Black households would jump to 33.2% of income spent on rent, Latinx households to 34.8% and Asian households to 35.7%," according to the Zillow report. "In a more severe scenario where workers would go four months without pay, that would rise to 35.3% for White households and at least 40% for non-White households."
Relief provided from the CARES Act would reduce rent burden for White households by 19%, compared to Asian households, which would have their burden reduced by 22.8%. 
"This analysis highlights the financial tightrope many households walk in our vital service industries," said Skylar Olsen, senior principal economist at Zillow. "While it's encouraging that many who receive government assistance appear to be on solid footing for a few months, it's important to remember that some workers will see labor disruptions, such as a loss of hours, that don't qualify them for these unemployment benefits that are so crucial right now. And if the pandemic were to last beyond the summer, it could have lasting impacts that push many more into housing insecurity." 
Click here to view a full copy of Zillow's report. 
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