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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit low-income tenants in the Bay Area hard, exacerbating the region’s severe housing affordability crisis. Approximately 140,000 households are behind on rent, owing nearly half a billion dollars. i This has serious ramifications for health and well-being, especially for BIPOC households that have faced decades of inequitable housing and economic policies. Black, Latinx, and Pacific Islander communities in California currently face a 20% higher COVID-19 death rate than the statewide average, driven in part by unstable and crowded housing conditions. ii These same communities are more likely to be faced with choosing between paying for essential medical care, food, and rent.

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