The arts and cultural sector has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with high unemployment rates for artists and members of the creative industries.
Arts practitioners and artists who have been experiencing housing instability, or are having trouble making rent payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic do have some support options. Federal, state, and local governments are offering help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction.
One important resource is the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response, which is a voluntary task force of national, regional, state and local arts organizations, public agencies, and foundations that helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies.
They currently have a regularly-updated COVID-19 resources page and recently shared resources from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s mortgage and housing assistance site, which has tools and guides for renters, including options to avoid eviction, get rental assistance, and understand your rights.
Browse the full page of resources here and find out what this means for you and what you can do.