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Report: Nearly half of LGBTQ people behind on rent fear eviction within the next two months

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An estimated 19% of LGBTQ renters report not being caught up on rent. Nearly half of them (47%) fear they may be evicted within the next two months, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

Using data from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, researchers examined rental housing stability late in the COVID-19 pandemic among LGBTQ people compared to non-LGBT people, including differences by race. Results show that LGBT people of color were more likely to be renters and to be behind on their rent compared to all other groups.

“A key component to a person’s housing stability is whether they own or rent,” said lead author Bianca D.M. Wilson, Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute. “The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the risk that LGBTQ people—and LGBTQ people of color in particular—will lose their housing as federal eviction protections are set to expire in October.”

The federal eviction moratorium—providing important protections to renters impacted by the pandemic—was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

  • 41% of LGBTQ adults rent their homes, compared to 25% of non-LGBTQ adults.
    • An estimated 47% of LGBTQ people of color rent their homes, compared to 37% of white LGBTQ people, 36% of non-LGBTQ people of color, and 19% of white non-LGBTQ people.
  • 19% of LGBTQ renters report not being caught up on rent, compared to 14% of non-LGBTQ people.
    • An estimated 30% of LGBTQ people of color were behind on rent, compared to 10% of white LGBTQ people, 19% of non-LGBTQ people of color, and 10% of white non-LGBTQ people.
  • Nearly half of LGBTQ (47%) and non-LGBTQ (46%) renters who are not caught up on rent fear they may be evicted within the next two months.
    • An estimated 51% of LGBTQ people of color feared eviction in the next two months, compared to 38% of white LGBT people, 47% of non-LGBTQ people of color, and 46% of white non-LGBTQ people.

Previous research from the Williams Institute found that more LGBTQ people than non-LGBTQ people report that their ability to pay their rent or mortgage got worse during the pandemic, and these disparities were experienced the most by LGBTQ people of color.

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