The coronavirus is exposing America’s housing crisis
Just as Americans are being instructed to stay home, it’s becoming one of the hardest things to afford.
But both experts and advocates say the pandemic hasn’t created a housing crisis. It is merely exposing, and exacerbating, the problems that already existed.
“I think this moment highlights the precarity of people generally, and how important housing is to all of us,” Vincent Reina, assistant professor of urban economics and planning at the University of Pennsylvania, said. “And I think it highlights the limited safety nets we have in place.”
But because of the coronavirus, this crisis is now unfolding all at once.