Nearly half of LGBT people behind on rent are in fear of eviction

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Signs hanging outside windows saying No Job, No Rent
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LGBT people of color are more likely to be renters and to be behind on their rent

An estimated 19 percent of LGBT renters report being behind in their rent. Nearly half of them (47 percent) 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 LGBT 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 LGBT people—and LGBT 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.

A number of additional key findings were uncovered by the Williams Institute report. They discovered that an estimated 47 percent of LGBT people of color rent their homes, compared to 37 percent of white LGBT people, 36 percent of non-LGBT people of color and 19 percent of white non-LGBT people.

Of those renters, an estimated 30 percent of LGBT renters of color were behind on rent, compared to 10 percent of white LGBT people, 19 percent of non-LGBT people of color and 10 percent of white non-LGBT people.

The result of this disparity has led to an increase in fear of eviction in the upcoming two months. An estimated 51 percent of LGBT people of color feared eviction in the next two months, compared to 38 percent of white LGBT people, 47 percent of non-LGBT people of color and 46 percent of white non-LGBT people.

Williams Institute full report