Census: 7 Million Americans Are Behind on Rent

With the federal eviction moratorium due to expire at the end of the month and rent relief programs failing to reach those who need it most, an eviction crisis still looms.

June 13, 2021, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Coronavirus

Allen J.M. Smith / Shutterstock

[Updated June 14], 2021] Chris Arnold reports on the new confluence of pressures on the nation's renters as the pandemic recedes even as the economic destruction lingers.

The article reports the number of U.S. renters falling behind on payments and at risk of eviction—a figure Planetizen has been monitoring since the outset of the pandemic and the economic shutdown that followed closely on the heels of COVID-19 to U.S. shores.

The most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the number of Americans behind on rent at 7 million. That current figure is all the more pressing due to the scheduled expiration of the eviction moratorium by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention at the end of the month—a measure of protection despite legal setbacks and threat of expiration (the moratorium has already been extended on several occasions).

As shared on Planetizen in May, the federal government's large allotments of rent relief during the pandemic are arriving too late because of bureaucratic logjams. Arnold's article starts with an anecdote from a renter experiencing exactly this scenario and explores the consequences of the inefficiency of rent relief during the pandemic.

Thursday, June 10, 2021 in NPR

Street-level view of sharrow symbol on asphalt with parked car in background

How Sharrows Became Cycling’s Most Hated Symbol

Originally designed as a low-cost way to encourage safer road sharing between bikes and cars, the sharrow has become a symbol of the lack of commitment to protected bike infrastructure in many cities.

August 2, 2022 - Denverite

A image of the World's Columbian Exposition overlayed with a picture of Keanu Reeves in the rain from the movie Point Break.

Keanu Reeves Set to Play Daniel Burnham in ‘The Devil in the White City’

Planning is going to get a new level of star power as a limited series adaptation of The Devil in the White City gets ready for television screens in 2024.

August 8, 2022 - Reel Chicago

View from middle of street in downtown Telluride, Colorado with mountains in background

Marrying Urban Identity and Economic Prosperity

A new book posits that truly successful communities have a strong economic base and a firmly rooted sense of place.

August 5, 2022 - Governing

Women Public Space

Urban Design Through a Gender Lens

Building cities to be safe and accessible for women and LGBTQIA+ people has benefits for all users of public space.

44 minutes ago - Architecture Daily

Rendering of downtown Milwaukee sports stadium with soccer field

Sports Stadiums Bring Few Economic Benefits

While their developers often tout jobs and local economic development as benefits of major stadium projects, research shows these venues often make little impact on local economies.

1 hour ago - Urban Milwaukee

Dallas Freeways

A How-To for ‘Freeway Fighters’

Ten recommendations for effective freeway removal advocacy.

2 hours ago - Strong Towns

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.