Exploring the Potential Impacts of COVID-19 Emergency Housing Resources

January 18, 2022  |  Data and Graphics
New federal COVID-19 relief resources include unprecedented investments in Emergency Housing Vouchers and Emergency Rental Assistance. With the appropriate targeting, these resources could significantly reduce or end homelessness for targeted populations within each community.

A new interactive tool produced by the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute can help communities revisit their ERA and EHV targeting strategies to recognize the potential of fully taking advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity.

This data visualization is based on homeless Point-in-Time count data, and the resources allocated to actual communities. ERA calculations are based on two rounds of ERA appropriations (ERA 1 and ERA 2) and assumes that $7,500 is spent on every person or family household (solely for illustrative purposes).

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