Over one year after the start of the global pandemic, we are still learning of the devastating impacts COVID-19 has had on our society. One area that has been heavily impacted by COVID-19 is affordable housing. It became apparent early on in the pandemic that its effects on the economy would be detrimental to many people across the United States. The loss of jobs and lack of availability of work caused by COVID-19 have exacerbated the problem of affordable housing and negatively impacted many Missourians.
According to recent data from the Department of Labor, millions of Americans are currently unable to afford their rent or mortgage payments. Data gathered from March 3rd through March 15th showed that 1 in 6 adults living in rental properties were behind on paying their rent. Additionally, 1 in 5 adults who are behind on paying rent have children living in the household. In Missouri, 11% of all adults living in rental properties are currently behind on paying their rent.
The Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan has provided some relief for families and individuals struggling to afford their rent and other necessities. However, it is clear that the pandemic is leaving behind a kind of devastation that will take years to fully address. Recognizing this, in addition to the American Rescue Plan, the Biden Administration has announced the American Jobs Plan.
The American Jobs Plan will address several issues, including affordable housing, and all of which have existed for decades but have been highlighted by COVID-19. According to a statement by the White House, the American Jobs Plan will improve current housing and create new affordable housing developments, especially in communities that have been most impacted by the pandemic. The plan will also create quality jobs with living wages, and the Biden Administration is hopeful that these new jobs will stimulate the economy and reduce the effects that COVID-19 has had on housing for many Americans.
Empower Missouri Intern