Join What Works Cities and ChangeLab Solutions for the second of a two-part webinar series on July 29th. We'll be joined by speakers from the Network for Public Health Law, the Terner Center For Housing Innovation, and the Center for Community Progress.
Housing is vital for our health and wellbeing. During the pandemic, safe, stable, and affordable housing is essential to allow people and their families the ability to safely shelter in place during stay-at-home orders, practice social distancing, and maintain adequate hygiene. Renters, especially the most vulnerable tenants, are at the greatest risk of housing instability and displacement, and even more so now during the pandemic crisis. These are also the same populations - Black, Latinx, Indigenous, People of Color - that are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 infection rates and fatalities.
As the pandemic, and the resultant economic crisis, further stresses peoples’ ability to remain housed, many cities and states across the country have adopted emergency measures to stop evictions, improve tenant protections, and halt utility shutoffs. But many of these protections are set to expire soon, especially given that some states are allowing businesses to re-open. What happens as communities gradually lift stay-at-home orders and economies reopen? Even in the aftermath of the pandemic, the recovery phase will also present housing challenges to communities as local governments figure out the best ways to resume regular activities.
The good news is that local governments can still take steps to support health and long-term economic recovery and sustainability for all of their residents. This two part webinar series covers what powers localities has to enact emergency housing stability laws, how local government can work to keep people in healthy homes, and how local government can help residents navigate the imminent housing stability challenges that will take place as state protections begin to expire.