Inadequate Housing in the U.S. Puts People at Risk During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 13, 2020 by Mandy Qualls

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 14, 2020

According to a new Kaiser Health News analysis of data from the Census Bureau and the Housing Assistance Council, 470,000 dwellings in the U.S. have inadequate plumbing with no running water. This means that in nearly half a million homes, residents are not able to wash their hands or perform basic COVID-19 prevention.

The analysis also found that almost a million homes don’t have complete kitchens, raising the risk of hunger and vulnerability to illness, which is especially troublesome given the stay-at-home orders many in the U.S. population are under. Also, over 4 million homes are overcrowded, which makes isolating those who are sick nearly impossible.

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