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“Housing became the front line defense against the coronavirus,” says Jennifer Litwak, executive director at Housing on Merit. Stay at home measures highlighted the importance of safe and affordable housing nationally, but as Litwak says, that isn’t available to everyone.

“Across the Nation we were legislated to stay home,” Litwak tells GlobeSt.com. “This is based on the assumption that one’s home provides protection against contracting and spreading the virus. This is not always the case. Approximately 1.8 billion people worldwide live in homelessness, informal settlements and grossly inadequate housing, often in overcrowded conditions, lacking access to water and sanitation – making them particularly vulnerable to contracting the virus, as they are often suffering from multiple health issues. ” She plans to speak on the topic of affordable housing at the GlobeSt.com Apartments conference October 26 and 27.

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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