A new blog post by the Urban Institute on the ways philanthropy can partner with the public sector to prevent evictions and stabilize housing during and after the pandemic.

About the Post

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout has devastated an already fragile rental housing infrastructure, fueling housing instability and insecurity and widening racial inequities. In the blog post, we suggest how funders can target their resources to most effectively support renters and address racial inequities. Our suggestions include:

  • Address the root causes of structural racism through investments that can help build public will to fix injustices in housing and center public response efforts on racial equity and inclusion;
  • Build the capacity of community-based organizations, housing counselors, and advocates;
  • Improve the collection, analysis, and use of disaggregated data to guide investments;
  • Invest in advocacy and organizing to enhance the power of grassroots networks and movement leaders who have themselves experienced housing injustice; and
  • Support innovation and mitigate risks through investments and loans in enterprises.

Philanthropy alone cannot be expected to solve the current housing crisis. However, the solutions we highlight aim to advance the infrastructure to support the renters most at risk of losing their homes and build the foundation for a more equitable and just recovery.


By Monique King-Viehland, Solomon Greene, and Shena Ashley