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#CancelRent: Kentucky Housing Crisis during the Pandemic

Last updated May 27, 2020

Kentucky has been in a housing crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has just made it much worse. Please watch the following video to learn more.

Video Credits - last updated May 27, 2020


Written by the Kentucky Housing Justice Coalition

Designed and Voiced by Jessica Bellamy at Root Cause Research Center -

Music by DJ Yared at Rhythm Science Sound -

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References - last updated May 27, 2020


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Dept of Numbers. (n.d.). Kentucky Residential Rent and Rental Statistics. Retrieved from

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Ogles, J. (2020, March 22). Rick Scott calls for moratorium on rent, mortgages and utility payments. Retrieved from FLAPOL:


Parker, W. (2020, April 8). Nearly a Third of U.S. Apartment Renters Didn’t Pay April Rent. Wall Street Journal.


People of Kentucky. (n.d.). Retrieved from Governor of Kentucky Andy Beshear Please Freeze Rent, Mortgages, Car Payments and Utilities:


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Salviati, C. (2019, October 9). 2019 Cost Burden Report: Half of Renter Households Struggle With Affordability. Apartment List.


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