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COVID to Jobless to Homeless – Can We Prevent This?

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Daniel Flaming & Anthony Orlando stopped into a Zoom room with our ED to share findings from a new report. Their focus is on homelessness during and after the COVID pandemic.

Anyone in Los Angeles during the 2008 recession will recall the growth of people who became unhoused. Following that recession 10% of those who found themselves jobless became unhoused. The Economic Roundtable report uses past pandemic as well as data from the 2008 recession to predict how COVID joblessness might translate into homelessness over the coming years.

Looking at joblessness as well as the housing market, the authors predict that the pandemic recession will see more than double the unhousing that we saw in 2008.

Our guests bring dire predictions … and come prepared with concrete policy solutions that can help prevent this “great unhousing.” These policy solutions could also prevent catastrophe after the next recession or pandemic.

‘Locked Out: Unemployment and Homelessness in the COVID Economy’ is underwritten by the Economic Roundtable, and is written by Daniel Flaming, Anthony W. Orlando, Patrick Burns, and Seth Pickens.

Connect with our guests:
Daniel Flaming

President, Economic Roundtable

Anthony W. Orlando

Assistant Professor in the Finance, Real Estate, & Law Department at California State Polytechnic University

Thank you to our co-producers Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz as well as our beloved sound supervisors, The Brothers Hedden. Recorded at the USC Price School.

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