The following article, A Guide for Those Struggling With Low Income or Homelessness During COVID-19 — Opinion, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Every person, most likely in the entire world, has been affected by COVID-19, one way or the other. That’s the thing about a pandemic – it’s global; omnipresent; everywhere.
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Homelessness continues to be a serious problem in the United States. Rent and housing prices are at record highs, and now that the economy has formally entered another recession, more people face the real possibility of losing their homes. Millions of Americans have skipped rent and mortgage payments due to unemployment and income losses brought on by COVID-19.
Studies indicate that some groups are more susceptible to homelessness than others. On any given day, over 40,000 veterans experience homelessness in the United States. LGBTQ people ages 13 to 25 are 120% more likely to become homeless than their straight peers. Furthermore, African Americans account for 40% of people experiencing homelessness, even though they make up only 13% of the general population.
To avoid having to sleep on the street, many homeless individuals are forced to reside in the only safe space they have left: their car. Commonly referred to as “vehicular homelessness,” the number of people living in campers and other types of vehicles increased by 46% in 2018.
If you are currently living out of your vehicle, you face a particularly challenging set of circumstances. As you work to obtain housing, you’ll need to keep your car on the road in the meantime. Most states require you to have auto insurance to legally drive your vehicle, but requirements vary state by state.
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