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How COVID-19 Worsens Economic Hardships

Cook County Deputy Sheriff Scott Hunter posts the final eviction notice on an apartment in Evanston, Ill., Tuesday, March 17, 2009.
Charles Arbogast

For those at the bottom rung of the economic ladder, COVID-19 has delivered a hard one-two punch.

Putting food on the table, making rent, avoiding eviction - those were day-to-day worries even before the pandemic.

Congress and social agencies stepped in with temporary relief, but that’s either expired without renewal or been insufficient to meet the need. On Tuesday, the Trump administration ordered a moratorium on evictions.

Today on All Sides With Ann Fisher: How the pandemic has worsened the economic fortunes of society’s most vulnerable.


  • Elaine Waxman, senior fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center at The Urban Institute
  • Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director, Ohio Association of Foodbanks
  • Michelle Heritage, executive director, The Community Shelter Board

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