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The Ongoing Economic Crisis Under COVID: 29M Don’t Have Enough To Eat & 40M Face Eviction

San Diego Food Bank workers distribute 25-lb packages of food to people in their cars at a pop-up food distribution site in Chula Vista, April 10, 2020.

On this edition of Your Call, we're  discussing COVID’s ongoing effects on food, housing, and employment. 29 million adults say their household didn’t have enough to eat in the last week, one in five renters are now behind on rent, and 40 million people face eviction.

At the same time, the wealth of 12 billionaires now totals over $1 trillion. What will it take to get people relief and address growing inequality? 


Sheila Ritter, a former security guard and mom living in Denver, Colorado who lost her job, moved into an RV, and struggles to make ends meet

Matt Shapiro, president of the New Jersey Tenants Organization

Shanti Singh, communications coordinator for Tenants Together

Valerie Hawthorne, director of government relations at the North Texas Food Bank

Web Resources:

Sheila Ritter: Homeless Family Needs Help

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Tracking The COVID-19 Recession's Effects On Food, Housing, And Employment Hardships

CNN: The Reality Of The US Jobs Rebound: Part-Time Work And Less Pay

Los Angeles Times: Eviction Protections Are Expiring. What Does This Mean For Struggling California Tenants?


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.