Housing insecurity for Baltimore’s Latino residents worsens during COVID pandemic

In Baltimore, many Latinx residents—many of whom are frontline workers—face housing insecurity amid the pandemic. They have been severely affected by COVID-19’s health and economic effects, as they make up 5.3 percent of the city’s population but 9.7 percent of COVID-19 cases. And before the pandemic, one-third of Latinx renters already spent 40 percent of their monthly income on housing. In March and April of 2020, they represented 57 percent of working-age adults who lost jobs, work hours, or work-related income. The city has created a cash assistance and eviction prevention program and released resources to inform Spanish-speaking immigrants and refugees about available resources.

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