Daily Rent Needs, 1st Quarter, 2020

Requests for rent assistance in selected states have jumped by over 25,000 in less than three weeks. We examined day-by-day requests to 2-1-1 helplines for rent assistance in all or parts of 26 states for the first quarter of 2020 (top chart). We compared it to rent assistance requests in the first quarter of 2019 […]

11-Week Trend Analysis

The pattern is unmistakable. Across the U.S., requests to 2-1-1 from Americans seeking help getting food and paying rent rose sharply and instantly in the days following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our analyses examined 21 cities and states over the first 11 weeks of 2020. For each week, we charted the total number […]

Rent Assistance

In most states, about 1 out of every 10 calls to 2-1-1 helplines is from someone seeking help with their monthly rent payment.  It is one of the most frequent requests, and in many states the most frequent request.  In a single year, 2019, five states alone – MD, MO, NC, NY, PA – accounted […]