#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 - www.rootcauseresearch.org

Music by DJ Yared at Rhythm Science Sound - www.rhythmsciencesound.com

References can be found at www.rootcauseresearch.org/cancelrent

Sound effects obtained from www.zapsplat.com

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References - last updated May 27, 2020


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