1-In-5 Detroiters Will Be out of Money in 3 Months Due to COVID-19 Crisis

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Researchers at the University of Michigan’s Detroit Metro Area Communities Study polled Detroiters from March 31 through April 9 to assess the impact of COVID-19 on city residents. Nearly half of respondents reported that they are more than likely to run out of money in the next three months due to COVID-19 and one in five responded that they definitely will, if they do not receive additional support. The survey showed that policy responses including ordering people to stay home, sending cash assistance to families, and ensuring access to health care for all were among the top priorities for residents during this crisis. Additionally, 35 percent of respondents who were employed full-time or part-time before March 1 lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. These job losses were most prevalent among parents of young children, people with less education, people with lower incomes, people of color (black and Hispanic), and people under 30.

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