Vice President of Data Analysis and Research
With new weekly data revealing several troubling trends, including increases in the already significant number of people struggling to buy food and pay rent, policymakers must act now to prevent further hardship.
Over the last four weeks:
Also underscoring the significant hardship among children, about 8 million of them lived in a household behind on rent. And between 9 and 17 million children lived in a household in which children weren’t getting enough to eat for the week ending July 21.
The data also continue to show wide racial differences in hardship, reflecting longstanding inequities that the current crisis has exacerbated. For an estimated 44 percent of children living with Black respondents, for example, the household either didn’t have enough food or was behind on the rent or mortgage in July.
But according to a five-week average of survey data collected from June 18 to July 21, as shown in the second chart, every racial or ethnic group faced significant hardship; the share of children in households reporting either food or housing hardship was substantial for children of Latino (38 percent), Asian (24 percent), and white (22 percent) respondents, and children of respondents who identified themselves as American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islander, or multiracial (37 percent).