Nearly half of LGBT renters behind on rent fear eviction in next two months

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08/31/2021

About half of LGBT U.S. renters who are behind on their payments fear eviction in the next two months, according to research released by the University of California-Los Angeles’s Williams Institute. The Williams Institute compiled a brief examining housing stability during the coronavirus pandemic using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Pulse Survey. The research found that 19 percent of LGBT respondents said that they are behind on rent. Of those, 47 percent said that they fear eviction in the next two months. The findings from the survey come after the Supreme Court last week blocked an eviction freeze put in place by the Biden administration to shield financially vulnerable Americans during the pandemic. The moratorium had been put in place by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under former President Trump last September and was extended several times amid an unpredictable economy and a pandemic-causing virus that has mutated several times. Williams Institute researchers also found that 41 percent of LGBT respondents rent their homes, compared to 25 percent of their straight, cisgender counterparts. About 39 percent of LGBT people owned a house with a mortgage or a loan, compared to almost 48 percent of non-LGBT people.

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