Survey underlines COVID-19 hardships and financial challenges

Poll found that families most impacted by COVID-19 earned less than $50,000 a year and lost all their savings

Not being able to afford to buy food or pay the rent is sadly all too common for lower-income households and COVID-19 has only made those financial challenges worse, especially for people of color.

According to new data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and NPR, families most impacted by COVID-19 earned less than $50,000 a year and lost all their savings. The poll also found that 14% of households report serious problems affording food, 14% report serious problems paying their mortgage or rent and 11% report serious problems making car payments, while 18% report facing other serious financial problems.

Staci Berger, president and CEO of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, says the poll highlights disturbing trends, like people having to put off receiving medication simply because they can’t afford it.

We’re in this together
For a better-informed future. Support our nonprofit newsroom.
Donate to NJ Spotlight