- Jane O'Connor, Communications Intern
The COVID-19 Pandemic & Housing Instability
Over the past year, families have faced many challenges when dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only has the pandemic caused extreme amounts of stress with regard to people’s health and well-being, but it has taken a toll on businesses, family dynamics, housing, and more.
Family Promise of Orange County recognizes how difficult the past year has been for families who have been affected by the pandemic and have not been able to maintain a safe home environment for their families. It takes immense courage and strength to seek out help and take the steps necessary to improve one’s living situation.
The housing crisis in America affects families all across the country, and many more families are currently facing homelessness due to the pandemic. During the spring of 2020, it was concluded that the national unemployment rate rose to 14.7%, which was the highest rate in the history of the data since 1948. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics) As a result, in January 2021, out of the 15.1 million adults living in rental housing, 1 in 5 adult renters were behind on their rent. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) With the eviction moratorium expiring on June 30th, many more families are facing eviction in a few short weeks.
The pressure to maintain a job and secure safe housing in order to provide for one’s family in the midst of a deadly pandemic takes a toll on one’s physical and mental health. Family Promise of Orange County continues to be committed to addressing the root causes of family homelessness in order to ensure that every child has a safe, stable home.