In Fresno, Calif., the coronavirus pandemic has magnified harm caused by decades of discriminatory housing practices.

In the city’s poorest neighborhoods, people of color face eviction at a higher rate than their white neighbors, a result of decades of unfair housing practices.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy into a tailspin, many of the roughly 110 million Americans living in rental housing were having a difficult time making ends meet. Nearly 4 million eviction petitions were filed each year. On any given night as many as 200,000 people were homeless.

Now in the pandemic, the eviction is a threat to renters on a far larger scale, by some estimates potentially affecting upwards of 30 million tenants.

In Fresno, Calif., the coronavirus pandemic has…


¿Está usted o alguien que conoce en riesgo de desalojo debido a la pandemia de coronavirus? ¿O un arrendador que enfrenta dificultades debido a la pérdida de ingresos de la renta? Cuéntanos de su historia.

Este video es el primero en una serie sobre desalojos relacionados con el coronavirus. Fue producido en colaboración con el Economic Hardship Report Project y se está publicando en asociación con The New York Times.

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Millones de inquilinos corren el riesgo de perder sus hogares cuando vencen meses de alquiler atrasado al final del año. Y muchos propietarios cuyos inquilinos han sido protegidos del desalojo durante la pandemia enfrentan pérdidas financieras por meses sin pagar el alquiler.

El reporte “Hitting Home,” por la organización sin ánimo de lucro Retro Report, es un proyecto de informes…


Are you or someone you know at risk of eviction because of the coronavirus pandemic? Or a landlord facing hardship due to loss of rental income? We want to hear your story.

This video is the second in a series about evictions related to the coronavirus. It was produced in collaboration with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and was published in partnership with THE CITY NY. Watch the first video here.

A Spanish-language version is available here.

During this pandemic, home is the safest place to be. But what if you can’t afford to pay your rent?

Millions of people risk losing their homes when back rent becomes due at the end of the year. …


President Trump suggested that the November election should be postponed because he thinks mail-in voting would lead to a fraudulent election.

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By SIANNE GARLICK | Retro Report

The United States has a long history of voting by mail. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln and his fellow Republicans wanted Union soldiers to be able to vote in the 1864 election from the battleground. “I would rather be defeated with the soldier vote behind me than to be elected without it.” Lincoln said.

Democrats thought letting soldiers vote by mail was a scheme to help the Republicans win. In the end, 75 percent of soldiers who voted cast their ballot for Lincoln, although there is evidence that many were pressured to choose him.

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