Tenant rights activists hold a demonstration to protest what they claim to be inadequate legislative relief for renters during the COVID-19 pandemic and to call for the cancellation of rent, Feb. 28, 2021, in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. (Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
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The coronavirus pandemic has stripped reliable paychecks from millions of Americans, forcing some families to choose between paying rent and feeding their children.

Since mid-2020, as money flowed from federal stimulus bills, state and local agencies have been handing out assistance checks to renters and landlords.

But there’s still not enough to go around, according to economists. 

The Center for Public Integrity reported that communities of color face the threat of eviction at higher rates than white neighborhoods. Without widespread rental assistance, millions of families may face homelessness when a federal moratorium on evictions lifts.

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Sarah Kleiner is a senior reporter at the Center for Public Integrity.