The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts upended Americans’ lives, harming Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people, in particular. These communities have had the highest infection and death rates, have been most affected by job and wage losses, and have had the highest food and housing insecurity rates. As of March 2021, more than 10 million renters were not caught up on their rent, and renters of color were more than twice as likely to report being behind than their white counterparts.
With close to $50 billion available in emergency rental assistance, housing leaders at the state and local levels are grappling with how to design and/or scale up programs to deliver funds equitably and in a manner that reaches households most at risk of housing instability and homelessness.
The Urban Institute created the Emergency Rental Assistance Prioritization (ERAP) tool to help states and localities identify neighborhoods where low-income renters face the greatest risk of housing insecurity. First launched in August 2020, we updated the tool this April to reflect the most recently available data. In this webinar, we will provide information about the tool and how to use it as well as share other resources states and localities can leverage when designing and implementing equitable rental assistance programs. We will also highlight two programs from across the country centering racial equity in their program design and using the ERAP tool to prioritize outreach and shape the provision of assistance.