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Nearly 20% of LGBT Renters Owe Back Rent, Half of Those Fear Eviction

Just as the U.S. Supreme Court dismantles a national eviction moratorium, many LGBT renters report being in dire straits, according to a new study from the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. The Williams Institute reports an estimated 19 percent of LGBT people who rent their homes are not caught up on rent. Nearly half (47 percent) of queers who owe rent say they fear eviction within the next two months. LGBT people of color are most affected by rent woes; they’re more likely to be renters and not homeowners, and more likely to be behind on rent compared to all other groups. Housing instability has been markedly worsened by COVID-19. The pandemic has hampered the economy, especially in the service sector, where many LGBT people work.

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