January 2022

Spotlight on: Housing Policy

The looming eviction crisis is likely to exacerbate racial and economic inequality in NYC and requires bold policy action

Contributors: Sophie Collyer, Macire Aribot, Katherine Friedman, Chloe Sarnoff, Nicholos Wilkinson, Christopher Wimer

Issues Areas: Covid 19, Housing Hardship

Poverty Tracker data shows that since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, those who face the greatest increased risk of eviction when the state’s moratorium expires on Jan. 15th are those who lost employment income because of it, meaning that the eviction crisis would disproportionately affect low-income New Yorkers and Black and Latino New Yorkers. Addressing the housing affordability crisis is key to preventing evictions and housing instability in New York City in the long run and to an equitable recovery from the pandemic.