How to strengthen housing safety nets

U.S. homeowners and renters need stronger safety nets than existing social insurance programs provide to prevent housing insecurity during economic downturns, according to a new paper based on a study by Wharton real estate ...

High-income earners have sturdier safety net after job loss

In the spring of 2020, COVID-19 caused an estimated 22 million job losses (13% of the total workforce). Congress' new $900 billion pandemic relief package is the second largest in U.S. history, but it only extends federal ...

Jobless benefits only reached a quarter of laid off workers

Only a quarter of workers who were laid off or furloughed at the height of the pandemic lockdown actually received timely unemployment benefit, according to a survey by Shift Project researchers at Harvard Kennedy School ...

COVID-19 is hitting tipped workers hard

Even prior to COVID-19, tipped workers suffered from the inadequacies of the United States' social safety net and minimum wage standards.

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