The Next COVID-19 Casualty: Housing Security

23 million Americans are at risk of eviction and exposure to the shelter system due to the pandemic, the AP reports, citing the Aspen Institute. The latest Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey found last week that more than 26.5 percent of American adults 18 or older questioned said they were not able to make last month’s rent or mortgage payment and had little or no confidence they could pay next month, the AP notes. While many lower-income Americans initially got by on credit cards and stimulus checks, those options are now gone, leaving many in a huge financial hole. Of note, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit by landlord advocates that challenged Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide order against banning evictions during the coronavirus pandemic.