The impacts from COVID-19 and the accompanying economic recession will worsen America’s housing crisis and likely force households to make tradeoffs between food, medicine, energy, and housing. This problem isn’t new to Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA), and we know the impact is most felt by people of color in this country. We agree with the NAACP that “we must address the systemic underpinnings of inequity” while also providing an emergency response that meets the critical needs in our communities.
EEFA is highlighting policies actively being developed by community groups, local, state, and federal government, mission-driven nonprofit organizations, and academic researchers for protection against eviction and other housing issues. These recommendations can be tailored for any state or local jurisdiction to immediately advocate for the health and safety of everyone. When delivering recommendations please be aware that state and local decision-makers are dealing with many urgent COVID-19 related matters, and we all need to prioritize keeping people healthy and safe during this crisis.
In the Resources below, you can see the full Pandemic Response Guidance, as well as guidance broken up by each topic covered in the document. You can also view a curated list of additional recommended resources.
IssueAdvancing Equitable Policies
TopicEnergy burden Energy equity Resilience Racial equity Housing policy Energy policy Equity