Americans were told to stay home. Black women are most at risk of losing theirs.

Despite federal eviction moratoriums, Black women are most at risk of losing their housing during the pandemic.

Investigative (NATIONAL)

Chabeli Carrazana, Ko Bragg
The 19th
December 21, 2020

Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium, COVID-19, Housing, Housing: Eviction, Racial Justice

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)


At Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, the legal aid group that helped Scott with her rent, about 72 percent of the evictions cases they’re tracking are situations in which a woman is the head of household. The vast majority of them are Black women.

In Harrisonburg, Virginia, Winnette Dickerson lost her job in March. Soon after, she missed rent on the townhome her family has lived in for 13 years.

Dickerson knew the moratorium could protect her, but she ultimately took another, lower-paying job and cashed in all but $200 in her savings to move to another apartment. As a long-time volunteer in area homeless shelters, the image of what her life could become haunted her.