Tolemi recognizes and thanks the local governments, community-based groups, and essential workers that are valiantly responding to the public health crisis and the economic fallout from COVID-19.
In addition to the tragic loss of lives, unprecedented levels of unemployment have left many of our country’s most vulnerable citizens on the precipice of homelessness, hunger, and insolvency.
Relief efforts—including stimulus checks, enhanced unemployment benefits, and moratoria on evictions & foreclosures—have provided temporary shelter to some. But these initiatives have already begun to sunset, with many others due to expire in the coming weeks and months. And the forecast is grim.
While some may argue about how widespread evictions, foreclosures, and vacancy will be, it is safe to assume that our nation will see a spike in housing insecurity that exceeds the capacity we have to ensure safe & stable housing for all.
We are encouraged that the pandemic has brought renewed attention to the concept of housing as a human right, a tenet that is at odds with both our nation’s history of racial & social injustice and our current fiscal & land use policies.
The systemic change that is needed will not come overnight, and so local governments and their community partners are stepping in to protect those urgently at risk of homelessness, housing instability, and financial ruin. The team at Tolemi is proud to support these heroes by giving them the data & insights they need to respond to these extraordinary challenges.
Learn more about what steps your city can take to combat rising housing insecurity