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Atlanta Civic Circle Housing Affordability

Metro Atlanta tenants of color are hardest hit by spiking rents, pandemic

Outside the DCA's metro Atlanta office. (Credit: Emilia Weinrobe)

Metro Atlanta tenants hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and rising housing costs are still seeking emergency rent relief—and people of color are the most severely affected, according to two new reports using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey.

Over 8% of renters in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metro statistical area applied for federal rental aid from state and local agencies in the first two months of the year, according to a new report from housing software company Porch. But fewer than half of the applicants, 46.8%, were able to secure assistance.

Although 11% of metro Atlanta renters reported they were behind on rent payments, the figure is double for minority renters, with 22.5% owing back rent, according to new research from Construction Coverage, an online construction industry resource. Construction Coverage used Household Pulse Survey data from July 21, 2021 through Jan. 10.

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