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"The Bottom Is Falling Out": Affordable Housing And COVID-19

Oct 28, 2020

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The affordable housing crisis has wreaked havoc on Baltimoreans for decades, and the economic fallout from the coronavirus has only exacerbated the problem. On this month's episode of Future City we're exploring how COVID-19 is affecting housing in Baltimore and beyond. We discuss the disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx Baltimoreans, including the ways that some immigrants have been left out from receiving stimulus benefits. We also hear about the challenges to building affordable housing nationally and discuss the steps housing advocates want the local, state and federal governments to take to protect renters, including ending evictions and canceling rent payments.

Our guests are:

Matt Hill, attorney for the Public Justice Center in Baltimore

Gabriela Roque, Central Maryland Lead Organizer for CASA

José Muñoz, Community Leader for CASA in Action

Kriston Capps, writer for CityLab based in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on housing, architecture and the built environment