New State-Level Demographic Data Provide Insight on Households Served by ERA1 in 2021

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released demographic data disaggregated by state that indicate emergency rental assistance (ERA) programs assisted a high share of Black households in each state in 2021 but underserved Asian and Latino households. Of households assisted by ERA1 (that is, emergency rental assistance enacted through the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021”), 49% were Black, 39% were white, 2% were Asian, 2% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2% were American Indian or Alaska Native. One out of five ERA1 recipients also identified as Latino. The new data provide a high-level overview but do not illuminate how individual programs have distributed assistance. More granular data are needed to identify racial and ethnic disparities at local levels.

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